Sep 23, 2012

Homemadesoul - The Day I Fell In Love

I've written about Homemadesoul a few times before and every time I get a new track to listen to I love him more and more... check out his song "The Day I Fell in Love" and see what I am talking about for yourself:

He is releasing his latest album too, so get on board now and start getting used to his great vibe and beautiful sound.
On October 23, 2012, independent recording artist, Homemadesoul will release his newest music project, titled, "Inspirations".

This album will be his 3rd official album release under his own imprint, Keepin It Homemade. While his previous projects have been in the genres of Soul and R&B, Homemadesoul relies solely on his gospel roots to inspire his listeners this time around.

The lead single from this project is titled, Perfect Friend. The song was written over 15 years ago by Homemadesoul and his first cousin, Malik Boyd. The album also features Neo-soul gospel recording artist, Sean C. Johnson, who also happens to be Homemadesoul's first cousin. Homemadesoul also includes his son in the final track of the album, an impromptu recorded freestyle, during a recording session for the album.

The album will be distributed through CDBABY.com and will be available at all major online retailers. It will also be available for on demand physical copy purchases, on Homemadesoul's official website, Reverbnation, and Bandcamp.

For all press inquiries, you may contact Homemadesoul at homemadesoul@gmail.com
You can find all info about Homemadesoul at www.homemadesoul.com

Homemadesoul is an independent recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Over the past 10 years he has performed on stages all around the world, from festivals to NBA games, and backyard bbq's. In late 2011, while based in the Gulf Coast of Florida, Homemadesoul was nominated for 4 Beachcomber Awards, an awards program under the local music publication. In 2012, Homemadesoul has released a slew of singles ranging from covers of Musiq Soulchild, Maroon 5 to originals written, recorded, and produced in one day.

Check out my previous posts about him too!

Thank you for reading and following me, I have a few new projects I am involved with right now and am looking forward to posting as soon as I can!   

Sep 18, 2012

SmithAgentSmith - NOW: That's What I Call Open Format (mix)

Every time I think he's put out a great mix, SmithAgentSmith goes ahead and releases something even more fun and more exciting than the previous one.   I was pretty much obsessed with his No Dudes Allowed mix, playing it all summer in my car.   Then I discovered his Slow Your Roll (Part Dos) mix tape and that took center stage.   So of course, his latest masterpiece NOW: That's What I Call Open Format knocked my socks off. Or my chucks.   Whatever.

This one is kinda cool for a different reason.   His explanation on soundcloud summarizes it very well for me- before you have the chance to wonder if you like it, you're already hearing the next song.
In less time than one month, SmithAgentSmith has released two absolutely massive mixtapes. NOW: Thats What I Call Open Format is the follow up to Slow Your Roll (Part Dos) and it applies the same type of musical influence as its predecessor: a mix of electro, house, dubstep, pop, and hip-hop. But the way it comes together is nothing like Slow Your Roll (SYRPD). Just take one look at the tracklist. In SYRPD, Smith stays between 104-109 beats per minute maintaining a similar speed over the course of the entire mix. But in this 100 song, 84 minute mixtape, the Tempo, Genre, and Energy change completely almost every 5 minutes. This mix is the definition of high energy meets open format.
With so many songs in such a short amount of time, there is no room to disengage from this mix. Before you decide whether or not you like the track playing, it is onto the next one. But what is unique about the number of songs involved is that these are not mashups, or samples a la Girl Talk, Madeon, or even Smith's own style with Slow Your Roll, these are the original tracks (and remixes) from artists as dissimilar as Nicky Romero and Chief Keef; Lauryn Hill and Avicii; or Drake and Alesso. Nearly every track builds from where the track before it left off. Where SYRPD is a melting pot of sounds from different genres, NOW is more like a bento box in which each song gets its own time to shine. It plays out like an 84 minute bootleg. Take a look at the tracklist. If you're not intrigued to hear how Smith smoothly transitions from Tommy Trash to travis Porter, or from Trey Songz to Deniz Koyu, it is probably because you have already played this mix out!
Point is- if you think you have a great assortment of music in your playlist check out the songs he uses on this mix- epic.   And super current.   And danceable.   And fun.  Oh and did I mention you can download it for free????

I was really lucky this summer and got to see almost every single DJ or artist on this list if they did a set or show in LA.   I'm not even kidding- check it out- the one's I saw live over the past few months are highlighted below.  I only highlighted them once even if they appear more than that on the list- it's also possible I saw a few more and just can't remember.  The only one I missed that I really really wanted to go to was Calvin Harris and that was my own fault.   Links to all things SmithAgentSmith at the end...
Ellie Goulding - Lights (Acapella) 
Michael Brun - Rise 
Martin Solveig - The Night Out (A-Trak Remix) 
Martin Solveig - The Night Out (Madeon Remix) 
Lady Danville - Operating (SmithAgentSmith & MADEin82 Remix) 
John Dahlback - Embrace Me (Dirty South Remix) 
Kanye West, 2 Chainz - Mercy 
Kanye West, 2 Chainz - Mercy (Figure Remix) 
Knife Party Vs. Lil Wayne - My Homies Still vs. Centipede (SmithAgentSmith Bootleg) 
Felix Cartal - Tonight (Autoerotique Remix) 
Dyro & Rene Kuppens - Raid 
Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up (Kronic & Jake Carmody Pjanoo Bootleg) 
Eva Simmons - I Don't Like You (Nicky Romero Remix) 
Chief Keef - I Don't Like 
Future - Same Damn time 
Rihanna - We Found Love (Acapella) 
Hard Rock Sofa & Squire - Just Cant Stay Away 
Kaskade - Room For Happiness (Feenixpawl Remix) 
Felix Cartal - Domo 
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (KDrew Remix) 
Miike Snow - Devils Work (Dirty South Remix) 
Tommy Trash - Cascade 
SmithAgentSmith - Jay-Z, Mya vs. Tommy Trash (Bootleg from Slow Your Roll Part Dos) 
Travis Porter - Ayy Ladies 
Ludacris - Jingalin' 
Knife Party - Bonfire 
Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z - No Church in the Wild (SmithAgentSmith Cutline Bootleg) 
Knife Party - Rage Valley 
Dirty South & Thomas Gold - Eyes Wide Open 
Zedd - Spectrum 
Hardwell & Showtek - How We Do 
2 Chainz, Kanye West - Birthday Song 
Rihanna - Birthday Cake 
Madeon - Finale 
SmithAgentSmith - Lauryn Hill vs. Avicii/David Guetta (Bootleg from Slow Your Roll Part Dos) 
Leventina - Champagne Nights 
M-3ox, Heidrun - Beating of My Heart (Matisse & Sadko Remix) 
Tristan Garner - Punk 
Qulinez - Troll/Stars Align (Kaskade Mashup) 
Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero - Sparks 
Congorock - Agarta 
Congorock - Babylon 
SmithAgentSmith - J. Cole Vs Congorock (Bootleg from Slow Your Roll Part Dos) 
Tyga, Knife Party - Rack City In Maximal Unison (SmithAgentSmith Bootleg from Slow Your Roll Part Dos) 
Wale - Slight Work 
E-40 ft YG, Iamsu & Problem - Function 
Justin Bieber - Boyfriend 
Justin Bieber - Boyfriend (Dada Life Remix) 
Cicada, Third Party - Feel 
WolfGang Gartner - Red Line 
Steve Aoki - Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix) 
Milo & Otis - Friendly City 
Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Lil Jon - Turbulence (Oh Snap!! Trap Mix) 
French Montana, Drake - Pop That 
Schoolboy Q - Hands On the Wheel 
Ralvero - Rage 
Avicii - Sihouettes (Disco Fries Remix) 
Starkillers, Dmitry KO - Light it Up 
Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child 
Dubvision - All By Myself 
Alesso, Sebastien Ingrosso - The Calling (Acapella) 
Find Your Love - Drake (Calling - Spectrum SmithAgentSmith Bootleg From Slow Your Roll Part Dos) 
2 Reasons - Trey Songz (Cobra - Feel So Close SmithAgentSmith bootleg from Slow Your Roll Part Dos) 
Deniz Koyu - Bong 
Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner - We Own the Night 
Usher - Scream 
Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound 
Str8jackets & Sam Obernik - Love and Oxygen (Dubvision Remix) 
Calvin Harris - We'll Be Coming Back 
Pnau - Unite Us (Tommy Trash Remix) 
Example - Changed The Way you Kiss Me (Acapella) 
Jerry Rekonius - Paranormal 
Wolfgang Gartner - Flexx 
Roscoe Dash - Good Good Night (Acapella) 
Young Jeezy - I Do 
Wiz Khalifa - Work Hard Play Hard 
Meek Milli - Amen 
Nicky Romero - WTF 
Cedric Gervais - Molly 
Cedric Gervais - Cedanie 
Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You 
Azealia Banks - 212 
Far East Movement Dirty Bass 
Machine Gun Kelly ft. Meek Milli - Wild Boy 
Driicky Graham - Snap Backs & Tattoos 
Otto Knows - Million Voices (SmithAgentSmith Transition) 
Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me 
Afrojack - Pacha On Acid (RL Grime Trap On Acid Remix) 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A-Trak - Heads Will roll (Kid Kamillion Trap Edit) 
Madonna - Girl Gone Wild (Avicii Remix) 
Tiesto & Showtek - Hell Yeah 
Deadmau5 - The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix) 
Sultan & Ned Shepard - Walls 
Porter Robinson - Language 
MADEin82 - Elevate 
Cash Out - Cashin Out 
Skrillex & Damian Marley - Make it Bun Dem 
Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie - Moombah (Munchi Remix) 
Chris Brown & Big Sean - Till I Die 
Alesso - Years

Sep 14, 2012

Davis Fetter - KROQ Interview

It makes me so happy to see Davis Fetter getting recognized for his talent and this article plus video interview  give you an insight into what he is all about... definitely worth a read:
Original link: http://kroq.cbslocal.com/2012/09/13/fall-in-love-with-local-crooner-davis-fetter/


Davis Fetter Promo 3
A Locals Only favorite, retro-coiffed Davis Fetter pays homage to his musical heroes as brilliantly as the brilliantine sheen that keeps his hair in place. For one, not many can pull off an aesthetic that would make Morrissey proud and couple that with a personality so alive and luminous that anyone would fall in love with him.
And that’s sort of the point. With each one of his singles dedicated to different stages of the process of love, Fetter is the nice guy that steals the girl-next-door after her bad boy motorcycles away; the reason why he can do this is that under the artistic allure is a whip-smart young man with an edge that peeks through in his love of director Werner Herzog’s dry sense of humor and Queens of the Stone Age’s Song For The Deaf. 
Just like the raw edge of his voice at the end of his lyrical phrasing, Fetter himself has a raw edge despite what seems like an aura of absolute romanticism.  Fetter cites “Go With The Flow” from Queens of the Stones Age’s “bad ass sexy rock ‘n roll record” as his favorite make-out tune because it’s really “driving.”
His dark side was enough to appeal to Bauhaus veteran Peter Murphy who asked Fetter’s old band, Venus Infers, on the road after a chance performance with at the House of Blues on Sunset.  One day, the band was opening for the goth hero and the next day they were on the road to Emo’s in Austin, Texas.
Without jobs, Fetter said they had nothing to lose, plus Murphy, who Fetter says he still e-mails with and has expressed interest in producing one of Fetter’s solo songs, was more than willing to hook the broke band up with rock ‘n roll road perks.
“We were trying to sell enough merch just to make it to the next stop because the gigs weren’t even really paying—even in gas money, you know, to make it. Just kind of barely getting by,” explained Fetter, saying that every night on tour was a crazy story with Murphy. “The coolest thing about Peter Murphy is that he always hooked us up. With his catering, his food. He gave us the keys to his hotel room and said, ‘Go shower. Do whatever you want.’”
The “I See Love” singer credits the extensive vinyl collection of his parents for the knowledge it imparted, influencing him in a variety of music, all whom he gladly refers to on his website unlike many other artists.
Fetter says the some of the best artists he looked up to wore their influences on their sleeves, like Kurt Cobain who obviously loved the Pixies, John Lennon who was a “Buddy Holly freak,” and Roy Orbison, the singer of Fetter’s favorite break-up song “It’s Over,” who was Elvis’ favorite singer. When people tell Fetter that his music sounds like Jesus and Mary Chain he gets “stoked. “

“I really like bands that kind of carry the torch of rock ‘n roll,” said Fetter. “With all the bands that I like there’s definitely like a nod to kind of the classic crooners and some of the Motown pop structure.” Doing this with his own music as a solo artist, Fetter makes music that is easily personal, but also musically polished.
“As a solo artist, I think it’s really important to have a kind of personal relationship with an artist and the guys that I look up to I feel like I know. Even if I’ve never met them. I feel like I know him. Just by listening to his music. There’s a reason for that…Everything is kind of thought out artistically to support that intimacy,” said Fetter, explaining his songwriting process. “It’s definitely something that is on my mind when writing or, at least, when releasing a song to people…It’s definitely conscious.”
So, when Fetter leads us on a journey along the perfectly cobble-stoned pathway of his single releases, he is consciously letting us into his heart, blending together the euphoria of both the negative and positive aspects of love. Fetter said that the first time he ever felt like he was in love was at 18-years-old, but that, much like his individually-released songs, his amorous adventures are unfolding slowly, as little life-changing vignettes.
“I thought that I was in love many times. But when I wrote ‘Euphoria,’ of course it was just after kind of my heart was broken or whatever, but I feel like there’s a love in my mind, there’s an idea I have of love that I haven’t yet experienced, you know? A certain connection that I’ve yet to feel with someone,” Fetter explained.  “There’s this vision. There’s this ideal concept that I believe in. You know, I’m kind of a romantic so I believe in love, but I don’t feel like I’ve found yet, exactly what I’m looking for. That kind of connection.”
–Nadia Noir, KROQ Los Angeles

You can check Davis Fetter out at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival this weekend. His singles are available on iTunes. For more on Davis Fetter, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.