INDIE NEWS BEAT
June 27, 2005 Edition
* DJ Micro ‘Tech-Mix 5’ (System Recordings)
* Jann Klose’s “Live At The Bitter End, NYC” To Be Released As Digital EP
* Kid Slick Inks Deal With Hamptons Entertainment Group
* The KU On The Attack With New Single ‘Haunted Dancehall’
* Groupeez Magazine Keeps On Growing
* WCH Radio Independent’s Day Show To Be Dropped
* Project 11 : Melody In Motion
* IOMMI To Release New Album “Fused” On Sanctuary Records
* WOMDA Wants To Help You Get With The Picture!
* Freedohm Entertainment: Little Company, Big Plans
DJ Micro is one of the most respected performers on the U.S. trance circuit and a true veteran of the East Coast club scene. He is constantly pushing himself with his non-stop touring and nearly annual album release schedule for his devoted fan base.
His latest mix compilation entry TECH-MIX 5 represents the night’s peak hours with hypnotic anthems & energetic moments that fade into melodramatic hooks. It is a full-on high energy combination of hard-edged trance creating a sonic soundtrack that will keep the party at full throttle. The mixed album includes exclusive remixes of D:FUSE featuring JES from Motorcycle “Everything With You,” Paul Van Dyk darlings Second Sun join the dancefloor onslaught with “The Spell” from their debut LP and exclusive tracks by Josh Gabriel (Gabriel & Dresden) “Alive,” Ferry Corsten & Shelly Harland “Holding On,” Joshua Ryan “Blueness,” and a DJ MICRO original production “The World Around Me.”
MICRO’s journey began in 1992 as resident DJ at the famed Caffeine parties, where along with other early DJ luminaries Frankie Bones, Scott Henry and Adam X, the early East coast rave scene was defined. His first release Micro-Tech Mix (Moonshine, 1998) was followed by a large succession of best-selling mix albums, usually one released annually and each increasingly popular as he toured heavily year-round promoting the album and as a testament to his growing popularity among the club kids and rave circuit. In 1999, Micro graced the cover of DJ Times magazine for its high profile Winter Music Conference issue. With an unrelenting touring schedule, Micro’s music is always characterized by his energetic peak hour sets. Micro’s series of Tech-Mix, Caffeine and 2004’s Out Through The Input DJ mixed albums have been in high demand amongst his fans and has positioned him now as “one of America’s favorite DJs.”
Jann Klose will be releasing a special Digital EP, LIVE AT THE BITTER END, NYC, with songs from his stunning May 12, 2005 show at the legendary Greenwich Village club. The digital EP as well as individual tracks will be available as MP3s for download through Jann Klose’s site (http://www.jannklose.com). The full EP with four tracks, a live video and pictures will be available on July 5th for just $1.99.
July 5th will also be the date for the Digital EP release party at the very same club where it was recorded. Those who attend the show will receive special instructions to download the EP for FREE.
Where: Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
When: July 5th, 9:30 PM
Klose will be exclusively previewing “LIVE AT THE BITTER END, NYC” between June 30th and July 4th at his myspace.com site.
This digital-only release gives audiences a peak into Jann’s live performances as well as hearing him and his band in an energetic and exciting setting. In addition to vocals and guitar work from Jann Klose, this online release features musicians Roberta Piket on keyboards (Hammond, Piano, Rhodes, Vocals), Chris Marolf on Upright Bass, Vocals and Patrick Carmichael on drums. Fans can also catch the May 12th event on July 1st at 8.30 pm on Dave’s Place, a music TV show on Manhattan’s Time Warner Cable, channel 57 and RCN channel 109, and online at http://www.mnn.org
The EP includes brand new Klose songs “Beautiful Dream,” and “Doing Time,” plus a jammin’ live version of “Walk Through The River,” which was originally recorded for Klose’s 2004 EP, BLACK BOX, as well as a lucid, call & response rendition of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday Blues.” The digital EP will also include a digital video clip and photos from the Bitter End show.
Bronx, NY based recording artist Fil Gonzolez, a.k.a. Kid Slick has signed a deal with Hamptons Entertainment Group, the largest independent talent agency in the world!
With his amazing ability as a singer/songwriter/producer, Kid Slick brings life back to the classic sounds of what originally makes a hit song a “hit”Š..a feel good vibe with storytelling lyrics. There’s one small catch thoughŠ It’s not just hip hop, R&B, pop, rap, reggae, latin, dance or rockŠthis lyrical prophet adds the spice of all flavors to EVERY SONG! There is no doubt that Kid Slick’s masterpieces will be heard on every radio station known to man for decades to come.
KID SLICK has signed onto the TRUE SOUND MANAGEMENT roster, gaining a personal manager to guide his career, and will also receive promotion, marketing, publicity and booking services through it’s sister label, Paradise Publicity. His debut double single “Dance” will be released to radio beginning in June, 2005, followed by his debut album later in the year.
Rocking the gobal music scene with their debut single Haunted Dancehall taken from the album ‘From Sinners To Angels’ is one of the big vibes to hit this summer.
The KU formed around producer and songwriter Darragh after he began recording the album last year. “I was working with other artists writing and producing records for them but feeling like I wanted to get back in the performing seat again.’
Darragh’s track record goes back to the 90’s after working with Chrysalis Records/EMI and various independent over the past 12 years, having hits with Bliss, Rachael Brown from Faithless and remixing every thing from Tears For Fears To Frankie Goes To Hollywood and now getting The KU ready to test drive.
The first single from the album ‘Haunted Dancehall’ is a perfect genre blending of hip hop beats reggae bass-lines funky guitar riffs and a creamy vocal laid down by Darragh set off against some big dubby horn-lines.
Groupeez is a new music magazine dedicated to independent, up-and-coming bands as well as those legendary artists that have influenced today’s sound, but still fly under the radar of more mainstream media outlets.
Groupeez has reached 1,100 subscribers even before issue two has reached the streets. Through promotional efforts such as massive give-aways at the South by Southwest Music Conference and other events, Groupeez is growing faster than anyone had anticipated.
The second issue of Groupeez will be available in June. The magazine is currently being distributed for free at record shops and music venues throughout New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
It was announced today (Friday, May 20th, 2005), that the Sunday Morning Independent’s Day show on WCH Radio will be cancelled.
John O’Day station CEO said that “I really hate to see this show change.” He added “this was the show that started it all, but since it is now a mirror image of our weekday shows, we decided to make this change.”
In it’s place, the station has added Sunday Jazz plus, which will also feature indie artists exclusively as did the Independent’s Day Show.
The change will take place over the Memorial Day weekend. “While I hate losing the Independent’s Day show, I am equally excited about the change.” O’Day said.
The station will feature songs from artists like: Vernon Neilly, Skip Martin, K.J. Denhert & Adam Falcon.
What’s the plus? According to O’Day, there will be music added by artists like Pleqq, Just Offshore and others. “We are always open to hear from other indie jazz artists who would like to appear on the show.” Says O’Day.
In an era in which music fights to meet industry standards, ellee ven (el-ee-vehn)establishes a standard all her own with groovetonics: a mix of rock, dance and electronica. “Good melody finds a home in all kinds of music,” says ellee ven, “Project 11 proves that to be true”. ellee ven’s release Project 11 will showcase ellee ven’s alt electronica tracks remixed by up-and-coming /award winning producers scheduled for release every eight weeks for an indefinite period of time and will be available on vinyl and CD (at an EP price).
Project 11 is ellee ven’s commitment to DJ’s for their constant support of her. “Thanks to DJs, my music is spinning internationally. Because of their support, my videos have also been aired on Much Music Television’s The Wedge (Canada) and BPM-TV. The music plays on hundreds of stations domestically too.”, says ellee ven, “DJ’s control the play listŠthey like a variety of music and so do their listeners. Think about Jay Z releasing a single with Lincoln Park, or Tim McGraw and Nelly. It’s about great songs, great creative energies collaborating to make something uniqueŠsomething magicalŠ.”
ellee ven’s list of collaborators include Grammy Award Winner Reggie Dozier, world-known turntablist, DJ Swamp Billboard Remixer/Producer of the year CHRIS BROPHY, Grammy Award Winner DezRok, DJ Solange (nominated for Up And Coming Female DJ Of The Year by BPM), Antony Lee and South Central Cartel’s Prodéje. ellee ven says, “As a writer, I can’t limit myself to genre. I only decide between “good song”/”bad song”. I want to work with people who have a broad range of musical influence.” Stretching the concept of “genre”, ellee ven’s lyrics are per usual, part of her mystique.
IOMMI, Featuring Legendary Heavy Metal Guitarist Tony Iommi, To Release New Tony Iommi, the legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, will release his new album Fused on July 12, 2005, via Sanctuary Records. This will be Iommi’s third solo album.
Joining Iommi on Fused is former Deep Purple vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. The trio will hit the road to promote Fused later this year after Black Sabbath finishes headlining the 10th anniversary Ozzfest tour.
Iommi has worked with both Hughes and Aronoff in the past. Hughes is a longtime friend who sang on the 1986 Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi album Seventh Star. In 2004, previously unreleased songs they had collaborated on eight years earlier were completed and released by Sanctuary as The 1996 DEP Sessions. Aronoff played drums on the song “Black Oblivion” on Iommi’s self-titled 2000 solo album, which was loaded with all-star guest appearances. Fused was produced by Bob Marlette, who also manned the studio boards for Iommi.
To celebrate the launch of its new website, WOMDA is offering a limited number of independent record labels a year’s free membership to their professional association whose core aims and objectives are to effectively promote the world’s most innovative digital distributors, independent labels, and invited recording artists in an effort to create a leading global professional association of like-minded ‘forward-thinking’ partners.
Benefits to this exclusive free membership offer include:
Regular artist, label, distributor newsletters.
Inclusion in the WOMDA Members Directory.
Integrated link to the rest of the R Cat Communications network of promotional activities.
Annual ‘unique’ CD compilation features.
Free advertising and promotional opportunities.
Reviews, interviews, and features throughout International Online Music magazine (IOM) in addition to those selected for the WOMDA site.
Organized special events and campaigns.
R Cat Communications Executive Director, Colin Lynch, has no doubts in his enthusiasm for WOMDA: ‘The independent music industry is right at the crest of an exciting new wave in terms of record production and global music distribution. If we really want to move forward to embrace the many truly exciting and innovative new horizons facing us, then we really have to get with the picture and be a little more democratic in our ambitions than we have been in the past. I see WOMDA as a collective organization of explorers and adventurers who are not afraid to cross borders or to push limits!’
Often in the saturated music/entertainment industry, businesses shuffle customers along concentrating on what they do as a company while never really considering the bottom line in any business, the consumer and that individuals experience with their organization. Many offer great products but mediocre customer service never leaves a lasting impression in any area of its specialties.
One Los Angeles company makes it a point to go above and beyond in service while still turning out great product. Freedohm Entertainment, specializes in the areas of Audio, Video, CD Duplication & Marketing. Freedohm Entertainment not only offers these key services but in addition FE produces networking events, stages monthly showcases, produces concerts, and publishes a monthly e-zine of indie music, arts and creativity known as the Freedohm Flyer (www.freedohmflyer.com) under the supervision of Marketing Director/Editor Laurie Reifel.
Musicians can take advantage of FE’s one stop shop to complete their portfolio for promotional purposes and beyond. Freedohm services the nouveau artiste and lists independent recording acts & boutique record labels among its list of clients. Audio services include: midi studio production & recording, mixing, re-mixing and mastering services. Producers & Engineers are available for hire in all genres and will see your project through to completion.