Something Groovy, Something Different: J.P. Kallio – I’m Not Ready (Official video)

For several releases, J.P. Kallio’s signature sound has always been rooted in bare, acoustic rock with occasional session players, but it’s always been just his voice and the guitar. I’m Not Ready came as a surprise because of the introduction of the beats and vocal layering. Released February 12, the song is now available via YouTube and Bandcamp.

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Me, enjoying Kallio’s YouTube video inside Starbucks.

I really like it because it is a kind of sound you can listen to when you are on the go. It can be loud but at the same time laid back. And the ‘laid back’ quality of his music has led him to have loyal followers or supporters of his music.

I give two thumbs up to the quality of the song and the video. For those who aren’t aware yet, Kallio is based in Ireland, fronting a Celtic rock band  Sliotar- that is if he is not pursuing his solo career.

The video was shot in Dublin, showcasing the sparkle of the river Liffey by night and also various places like Powerscourt and so much more. If you watch the video you will see various landmarks that I am sure you are familiar with.

More info:

To find out more about this track, visit:  www.jpkalliomusic.com/im-not-ready/

lyrics

I’m not ready

City lights and neon signs they shine so bright
All through out the night
Through the electric glow Its hard to see the stars
high up in the sky
I can hear a rumble and the beat
The rhythm of this town
Some say it’s just noise I believe its music
And I sing out loud

I’m not ready to put it all behind just yet
The thought of leaving makes my heart ache
There’s still so much to say before I forget
But I can see there’s not much more you can take

I remember just like yesterday the street where we had
Our first kiss
I remember how you broke my heart
Piece by piece
But you picked up the pieces
And mend it into one

credits

released February 12, 2016
The song was written, performed and recorded by J.P. Kallio

 

Watch list: Rachael Mc Cormack – Under The Bullet [4K | Music Video]

Hot Press promo shot.

Hot Press promo shot.

When was the last time you’ve seen a high quality video in youtube? I give my vote to this one as it is shot in 4K. You know those high definition videos made for retina iMacs that have vibrant colors.

Under The Bullet showcases the amazing vocal range of Irish singer/songwriter Rachael McCormack. She’s been giggling all her life and supporting local bands before launching her own solo career. Seems like good karma is on her side. This song/music video represents what it is to be a strong Irish woman in the midst of a destructive relationship. It is not about crying but getting back and kicking someone who has wronged you. What a good thing! This video has also been featured in Soundfeed: http://thesoundfeed.com/rachael-mc-cormack-bullet/

This is also accompanied with a good Hot Press promo: http://www.hotpress.com/Rachael-McCormack/news/WATCH-Rachael-McCormack-unveils-new-video/15424920.html

Dir. DG MEDIA | © Universal Music Group 2015
Contact: DG Media | Rachael McCormack
https://www.facebook.com/DGMediaDublin
https://twitter.com/DG_Media_Dublin

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachae…

Róisín O: Urban Beauty Meets the Mystique

Roisin O

I believe in the saying that if you want your message to be heard successfully, a whisper is more effective than a scream. Even in movies, nothing draws more reaction than something that’s implied. It gives the viewers the chance to fill in the blanks. I think Hold On is a video that’s cleverly executed in its sense of control. It reminds me of the Irish film Garage(2007). But Hold On is a song about palpable hope, about two people trying to stay real in a world that tries to kill the fire inside us. I love it when a director is able to tell so much in a video that spans only more than four minutes.

I am sure Róisín O is used to the reaction of listeners calling her voice: haunting, beautiful, captivating and ethereal. Of course! It’s the Irish in her. I haven’t met an Irish person who is out of tune or who doesn’t have a good voice. I know that everyone in Ireland plays at least two instruments. It’s part of their genetics-the musicality.

A talent like this will open doors to her. Perhaps one day she will find herself singing in a movie. The possibilities are wide. She has the ‘it.’ Her music fits in urban setting but doesn’t fall short of mystical qualities. It is a tune that you listen to when you are driving home from work.  I for one would like to listen to this when it rains. I treasure sadness in songs. I think it is a natural affinity. Life is sad. But like what the song says: Hold ON. Because tomorrow is another day!

Links:

Róisín O’s album is available here – http://roisino.bigcartel.com/
Join the mailing list here – http://eepurl.com/fqF0c
For more info visit http://www.roisino.com/

Video directed by Simon Eustace (http://www.simoneustace.com/), and features Aaron Heffernan, Mirjana Rendulic, Geraldine McAlinden and Colin Condon. Special thanks to Dogpatch Labs Dublin.

DP – Arthur Mulhern (http://www.arthurmulhern.com/), shot on RED Epic.

Lyrics
A small spark can ignite the
light and hold it in your heart,
But a small thought can put
it out and hold you in the dark.
When you feel, you can’t figure
out what’s real, When you’re losing
grip and your fingertips are
Screaming let go…

Hold on, please, hold on.

When you find, When you realize you’re
Not the man you want to be
Please come see me, pour me out your
heart and tell me

When you’re tired and lonely, I will wash away your day
When you’re falling and the darkness is taking hold
You can’t beat this, this feeling, any day you’ll be dreaming
And I’ll be there, I’ll be there.

Just Hold On.

ALiEn TriBe Talks About The Beautiful Wordless Language of Electronic Music

LiaPatra aka ALiEn TriBe

ALiEn TriBe

I met Lia Shapiro aka ALiEn TriBe through ElectroCelt. At that time I was doing a story about Geoff and he recommended that I should check out his friend who was about to do a collaboration with him. I said absolutely! I am very visual when it comes to knowing people so I am very observant about what they have online or offline. The clothes we wear, the things we say and the music we listen to, tell strangers bits about us.

I noticed stacks of digital equipment in her photo albums. I have this thing for studio equipment. I miss the days when I used to be part of a band. I miss the feeling of being inside a shed with all the musical equipment and just playing music. It doesn’t matter what kind of instrument you have but as long as you know how to play them, then you are interesting in my book. So my curiosity about Alien Tribe’s music eventually led to this interview.

I’d describe ALiEn TriBe’s sound as mesmerizing ambient/dance  with the tendency to lean on mid-eastern melodic style. Her use of exotic scales and bundles of voice layering make you think she’s channeling Lisa Gerrard. There is something very primal about Alien Tribe. But don’t let that overwhelm you. In the end it is all about the universe of sounds and the different sensations one can experience listening to music- the language behind the swirls of wordless vowels and consonants. I am sure you will enjoy  this interview and the detailed answers of Lia Shapiro a.k.a ALiEn TriBe


Hi Lia. I guess I need to start the ball rolling and send you a few questions:

  1. You have a global outlook when it comes to music. How has collaboration affected you creatively?

LiA –  Concerning my global outlook, it probably results from having lived, traveled and worked around the world combined with the

ALiEn TriBe and ElectroCelt Eck combine musically on the AlienCelt Project.

ALiEn TriBe and ElectroCelt Eck combine musically on the AlienCelt Project.

good fortune of having been exposed to many different kinds of music. In essence, I think this has contributed greatly to my overall musical sensibilities. At this point, I seem to merge and mingle all sounds in my head, everything I’ve ever heard and uniquely make it my own way and my own style. I believe that having experienced so much of the world’s culture has enabled me to create music that is vast in scope and varied, while also throwing in bits of random American elements. Because of such an extensive global background, starting from the day I was born, my music is permeated with sound bites for everyone. I believe global hopping also lends itself well to working and getting along with others outside of my own American culture.

Delving into collaborations beyond my borders and boundaries excites me in that it brings an extra special challenge to merge my stuff with other stuff to come up with new stuff. That’s always exciting, like adding an extra special layer of intrigue to my creations, something new and foreign. I find I really enjoy collaborations, but it has to be right, not only musically but personality wise. Merging music and personalities is like any other business, partnerships or relationships. It either works or it doesn’t and sometimes it can even be a disaster if not thought out carefully. Right now I’m involved in an ongoing, permanent and immortal collaboration with Geoff Keogh. Together, we are called AlienCelt. We took a part from each of our band names and came up with that. Alien from ALiEn TriBe, my band name, and Celt from Geoff’s band name of ElectroCelt.  Geoff  is from Dublin, Ireland, but lives in Australia for now. As an American in Southern California, somehow we’ve brought both our talents together from two different continents and are busy building songs that I’m quite proud of. We work equally, both of us making the music, mixing and producing, while I add an extra element in the vocals.  

2. What do you think electronic artists can do in order to up the niche a bit and also gain more listeners?

LiA: Technically and accurately, much of the music we’re hearing now is electronic. People tend to think of electronic music as spaced out weird stuff created on equipment with cables and wires protruding and hanging all out. These days, any instrument or sound can be represented by playing it on a keyboard. Inside our keyboards and specialized programs, we have banks of sounds and musical instruments and even voices that are all programmed into our music gear with great accuracy. These instruments sound just as real as the original instrument, and in fact are real.  I can play any type of guitar, or stringed instrument on my keyboard or any kind of horn and so on and you could not tell the difference. I also have the ability to electronically re-program any sound to make it my own sound, even the original sound of a physical instrument all within my keyboard and programs.

Many people are listening to electronic music, although they may not be aware of it or know exactly how it’s created in the studio. Pop songs, rock, hip-hop, any music at all can be created electronically, then reproduced on the stage for live performance by simply converting to physical instruments played by humans for the sake of visuals. What I mean is, I can play a guitar for example or a violin, even a whole orchestra of violins, all on my keyboard by simply programming it in, then playing. In a live performance, I might choose to hire a person to play a guitar or have people playing a whole section of violins. But, I do have the capability of designing my own violin section in my programs and playing it myself on my keyboard. It’s all really quite magic, what we can do now with music technology!

As far as gaining more listeners, this is easier now than ever before considering all the social sites. On the other hand, it can also be difficult for the independent artist as it requires constant work, long hours and the ability to promote without sounding promotional. It also requires the ability to socialize nicely online as a real human being without coming on too strong or being overly and musically aggressive.

3. What’s the best part of the world to be an electronic musician?

LiA: Hmm, well, if you consider that a lot of music out there is technically electronic music, then anywhere in the world would probably be a good place. For pure and obvious electronic sounds, probably anywhere beside America would be good. Europe seems to embrace pure electronic and alternative sounds more than the US.

4. Can you give us a bit of info about your studio gear?

LiA: I’m an all Korg kind of person and one of few females listed on the Korg website in a massive sea of guys. My main piece of equipment is a rather large sized Korg Keyboard called an M3-Workstation. Attached to it in true outer space style is a Korg Radius synth with lots of knobs, lights and endless possibilities for creating sounds. Also I have an old Korg Triton Module, again, endless sounds and the capability of creating my own sounds and reprogramming all sounds. Between these three Korg products, I have enough sound producing equipment to keep me busy for the rest of my life and into the next one!

5. How about a background concerning the collaborative work you are doing with ElectroCelt? How’s the production going?

LiA: Geoff Keogh is ElectroCelt from Dublin, Ireland now living in Australia. We met up on Facebook through a mutual friend who lives in Ireland. As well, Geoff first heard my music on a UK radio station presented by Terry James Hawke. He said when he first heard it, he went, “who is that?” I’m not sure if he heard my music first or if we became friends first through our mutual friend or maybe it happened both at the same time. It wasn’t long before he asked if I’d like to do collaboration with him. I was astounded because I knew of ElectroCelt and had heard his music as well on the UK radio station. Back then, I was in awe and thought of him as “The Great ElectroCelt,” so when he inquired about a music collaboration with me, I was amazed and very surprised.  We proceeded  nicely and found that we worked well together, very compatible musically and our personalities fit together as far as forming a musical collaboration.

I’ve learned over time that music collaborations are like any other partnership. Besides the music part, personalities and similar emotions are also involved and it either works or it doesn’t. The music started to flow between us as we passed tracks back and forth between California and Australia, each of us doing our part equally in creating music and doing the mixing and production.  Geoff and I work very harmoniously and somehow agree about everything. We also give each other space and freedom to each do our own thing within a piece of music that we’re working on. Amazingly as well, we seem to not only agree on everything, but we genuinely like what the other one does.

We’re finishing up a fourth song for an EP that will hopefully be released in 2013, then we’ll get busy on another one. We sort of decided to release shorter length EP’s, versus longer playing albums because people seem real eager to get their hands on the music as quickly as possible.   I think people will be surprised when they hear our music together.  Seems we bring in all the best elements of our individual music and when it gets merged and mixed up together, something new and quite exciting happens. What appears is a bit of Irish, a bit of Australian and a bit of American, even maybe certain elements of Native American, but also remnants of rock. It becomes just a big swirl of musical intrigue that meanders down a new and different, very international and diverse path, but one that will forge ahead and seems to make people perk up along the way and take notice. That is AlienCelt…and we’re really quite excited and proud of ourselves. 

6. You are good in engaging people in a conversation. And you are also involved with your online listeners as you try to accommodate questions, responses and even humorous topics. Is this an acquired skill as you evolved personally and musically?

LiA: Yes, it’s very much an acquired skill and one which came to me rather late in life. For the first half of my life, I was extremely shy and it was very painful being that way. With all my heart, I really did want to connect with others and to be comfortable in talking with them.  When younger, all through school, I was hardly able to talk to anyone. It truly felt like I was an alien and had dropped down in the midst of a strange and foreign world. Before the Internet, I’d be at the library pouring through stacks of books on the topic of “shyness.” They called it being “shy” then, but now it’s called “social anxiety.”

Later on in life as a young adult and much to my dismay, I was still shy and could not get or keep a conversation going. I had read that for shy people to do well, just ask questions. I tried that approach, but once the person answered my question, I couldn’t think of anything more to say. Many years later, I don’t know what happened, but maybe with the experience of life and wanting with all my heart to engage people, things started happening bit by bit. I’ve always been involved with music one way or another, and it doesn’t really pay to be shy, so the music brought me out, as well as a lot more exposure to people through various activities. As well, I was online from the very beginning when a lot of people were not there yet.

My first online exposure was at the early Compuserve message boards.  After that I created my own website for a book I wrote, called, “Comes the Awakening: Realizing the Divine Nature Of Who You Are.” That book is still making the rounds and from that, I was known as LiaLight. For my LiaLight website, I made a message board and a chat room when many people had not yet discovered the Internet. I started to gain real skills in online communication and was very active for five years managing my website, message board and chat room. Eventually Myspace came along and I spent years there, uploading my music and talking to people. Finally a friend talked me into joining Facebook. For awhile, I was involved in both Myspace and Facebook until eventually I started to settle in more at Facebook. I’d say it’s taken me many years to gain experience in online communication, as well as “real life” communication.  When you think about it, being able to communicate effectively online is a fairly recent phenomenon. I’m not sure any of us start out as naturals without a few glitches here and there and misunderstandings. One thing I’ve learned is that written communication is an art form in being able to translate all we think and feel correctly into the written word.

When you have a product as well, such as music, art or a book, for instance, that’s another level of correct communication. Of course you want everyone in the world to know what you’ve created, but we can’t go beating everybody over the head with it constantly. It takes a lot of restraint, diplomacy and good manners to communicate effectively on social sites when you’re just about dying for everyone to know your product…and hopefully they’ll buy it when they do know it. I’ve learned through much experience that it’s better to hope for the best and in the meantime, just do your best. These days, that means being a warm, friendly person…just getting along with everyone is the key.        

 

August 1, 2013
Lia Shapiro aka ALiEn TriBe
Coachella Valley, Southern California USA
Electronic Musician/Singer-Songwriter/Producer
Writer and Author 

Lia Shapiro

ALiEn TriBe and ElectroCelt Eck

ALiEn TriBe and ElectroCelt Eck

 

Bigger and Better Things

In this issue: Eric McGrath, This Flight Tonight and The Paper Kites

This Flight Tonight: Photographer: D. McKissock-Davis

With the brush of fingers, a stroke of musical ideas, singer/songwriters can create cathedrals of imaginations. They somehow subconsciously satisfy that part of us that screams of unrequited love and loss. For me, owning an album is like taking that part of a musician with you. It is like a personal note a friend has slipped inside your pocket, and you take it with you to keep you warm through the cold months of uncertainty.

This is what’s music supposed to do. To fill that empty space and take you out of the depths of madness into the blazing light of self recovery. The following are young artists who are making waves and they are aiming for bigger and better things. And yes, they aim to inspire and enrich.

Eric McGrath

I got the link to his video through Dublin based singer/songwriter Fiach Moriarty. This man is creating smooth tunes that makes me think of the good ol’ songs half a century ago. His delivery is genuine and there is something about his voice that’s unpretentious. After scanning more videos, I found more and more of his style that makes me conclude that this is a fine example of Irish pop music: intelligent, melodic but also mature. He made a great impression alright.

Bio:

Born in Dublin to a Spanish mother and Irish father, Eric was raised on a healthy mix of music from around the globe. With a strong love of Latin grooves, 1920’s North American song craftsmanship, and 1960’s Surf harmonies, it wasn’t long before Eric began to blend his diverse inspirations through his own unique compositions. After completing an honours degree in Chemistry at UCD, Eric finally succumbed to his true calling by obtaining a Masters in Music and Media from Trinity College Dublin.

He recently supported Bic Runga at The Cork Opera House and The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, as well as supporting a host of Irish musical luminaries, including Cathy Davey, Dave Geraghty, Vyvienne Long and Tiger Cooke. In July 2011 Eric was invited as guest performer to the American Ireland Fund’s Summer Event in New York where he performed every night from 17 -24 July, including the main event on the 21st.

A wider audience awaits…

More info here: http://www.ericmcgrathmusic.com

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This Flight Tonight

Ralph Engle formed a band that is steeped in visual music. People who are fans of Radiohead and most 90’s bands associated with the genre will really warm up to This Flight Tonight. I saw the video “Barb Wire” featuring interpretative dance and I was like Holy Shit! These guys really take their artistry to the next level.

Apart from the Thom Yorke-like vocals, Ralph has this theatrical quality about him that calls for expansive compositions and challenging vocal acrobats. The music is spacey but intense that it makes you want to listen repeatedly in order for you to interpret rifts and layers of the notes that they worked into the songs.

I’d say discover more of their music and I am sure this band will grow on you.

http://www.thisflighttonight.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thisflighttonight

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The Paper Kites

Someone posted this band in the chat room where I frequent. My taste is eclectic and that includes sweet ballads from Australia.  Well, this band doesn’t need further intro because a LOT has been written about them. At first I thought they are from the UK but their facebook page says they are from down under. Members are:

Sam Bentley
Christina Lacy
Dave Powys
Sam Rasmussen
Josh Bentley

But no corresponding instrument is mentioned opposite each name. Sigh. They have two sites in case you are in the mood for music hunting:

http://www.thepaperkites.com.au
http://thepaperkitesofficial.tumblr.com