Drop July “No Milk No Problem”

a0820406171_2Drop July is a punk duo with folk influences and an acoustic style. The project was formed by Dakota Cruz (Lead vocalist/rhythm guitar) who met his back up vocalist/lead guitarist Zac while working at a local restaurant.

With their unique folk quality strummed into the punk melodies, Their debut EP was entirely written, recorded, and produced by the band and released July of this year.

Carrying songs like ‘Denver’ and ‘By a string’ with a melancholy acoustic sound. And ‘The king’ with  clear folk influence, a very cool and crisp sound on their EP! If you enjoy Jason Mraz, Mumford and sons, Weezer or Hozier you will probably enjoy this!

You can check out more on the band’s FB: www.facebook.com/dropjuly

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S.S HANAMI: Original Soundtrack, Season One

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“The sound of beauty and decay, of elation and despair…”

FINAL-CAST-JPEGBased out of Cape Canaveral Florida Say hello to the J-Rock band inspired by anime and the Visual Kei movement from Japan, S.S HANAMI. Coming together in 2009 from the the Japanese word for “cherry-blossom viewing”, actually starting this journey as a solo project with  Robert Adams by 2011 this explosive project had become a four piece musical riot including Nat Morkan – Guitar, James Brinkle Jr. – Bass and Andrew Wiggins on Drums.

The band has been busy entertaining Floridians at a run of shows including Orlando Nerdfest, that culminated in two performances at Umicon Daytona Beach to celebrate the five-year anniversary of their first show.

Now a very cool aspect of their album is The koto, a traditional thirteen-string Japanese harp, makes an appearance on several of S.S. HANAMI’s songs, such as Another Yesterday, What’s Love Without Danger? and Eternal Autumn!

You can hear more at: https://www.facebook.com/s.s.hanamimusic

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Say Hello to Davis McGee

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I have new candy for all of you to enjoy!

Davis McGee 2014 (2)Feast your ears upon Orlando Singer/Songwriter Davis McGee and his catchy indie single ‘So Much to give’ available now on Amazon and iTUNES. Davis has acquired more than 400 live performances in the past 2 years and recently returned from a music-themed cruise accompanied by Grammy award winning band America and former members of Boston, Journey and Lynyrd Skynyrd. This past weekend I chatted with this talented O-t0wn native about performing, his sound and of course his lyrical style:

How long have you been performing?

When I was fourteen, I began getting some occasional opportunities to perform, and that’s when I first started playing my originals in public. I played my first Florida Music Festival when I was 16, and it wasn’t long after that when I began playing paid gigs on a regular basis.

 How would you describe your sound?

I would say that my sound is a live/organic feel. I like to sound very real and in the So Much To Give CD Covermoment. I try to write my songs honestly, and I work toward reflecting that honesty in both my live shows and in my recordings.

 What would you define your lyrical style as?

I tend to use a pretty loose lyrical structure, usually working off whatever first comes to mind and building from there. Depending on the song, I might lay out a story, but other times I might elaborate on just a single idea to get across what I’m feeling for the song.

 Current song on the top of your playlist?

I listen to a little of everything. I try to stay current and get familiar with what’s new or popular, but there are also older and classic songs that I’ll always like. Right now I’ve been listening to alt-J, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson, Sublime, The Dirty Heads, The Black Keys, Kid Cudi, The Beatles, G. Love, Jimi Hendrix, and too many others to name.

Thanks Davis!

 ReverbNation Davis McGee: 

http://www.reverbnation.com/davismcgee

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Mai Tai Rumble 2014!

mandipaige (1)We are Looking back at the Mai Tai Rumble ‘2014’ which brought together the best of Central Florida artist. The Rumble is of course about helping the best local bands take their sounds to a wider audience and giving them the opportunity to be heard and seen.

Mai-Tai-LogoWe tracked down some of the rumble champs including Corrupting Dylan, The Irie Trio, GREYE and The Cog is Dead to hear their thoughts on Mai Tai:

How long have you been performing as a band?  “It was fun. Great to see other good bands playing.” The Irie Trio,   1 1/2 years” Corrupting Dylan, “The band formed in 2006 and has been performing shows regularly since 2012″ The Cog is Dead, “2 years” GREYE.

What were your thoughts on the Mai Tai Rumble?  It was fun. “Great to see other corrgood bands playing.” The Irie Trio, “A lot of fun…Good competition…great learning experience…people really seem to dig it!!!” Corrupting Dylan, “We had a great time performing with all the other bands.  It was fast, fun and a great experience.” The Cog is Dead, “The Mai Tai Rumble was definitely cool to play. It’s always nice to see what all the local acts in our area bring to the musical table. It was one of our more intimate shows but was fun nonetheless.” GREYE.

 Do you have any new music we can expect?  “of course, we’re always doing something new.” The Irie Trio,Yes…We are working on originals” Corrupting Dylan, “We’re currently recording a new album, our third, to be released in 2015″ The Cog is Dead, Yes, Greye will be releasing a Christmas single December 1st (free download at www.greyemusic.com) and our second CD in the early Spring of 2015.” GREYE.

 10624719_10152260677822131_2940947663621374714_nHow would you describe your music to our readers in one word? “Roots.” The Irie Trio, We pride ourselves on not being stuck in one genre…play a little bit of everything that everyone can Rock to, but always like to end our shows with high energy and a little on the heavy side.” Corrupting Dylan, “Fun! ”  The Cog is Dead, “MAGIC, Everything about our music is magical; the way we came together, the way we write our music, and the music itself.” GREYE.

 What is your number one song on your playlist right now?  “Badge by Cream.  RIP Jack Bruce” The Irie Trio,  “That’s hard to pick one…so you choose…From our covers…Bush – Comedown..Creed – Torn…Pearl Jam – Even Flow…STP – Wicked Garden, prac_ppmedlogoetc…” Corrupting Dylan, “Personally I’ve been listening to Steven Page quite a bit lately.”  The Cog is Dead,  “The song I’ve been listening to the most recently is “Spring to Come” by the illustrious John Butler Trio. Besides the fact that it’s beautifully written, it’s also such a feel good song for me. It makes me happy when I need a pick-me-up, reminds me that there’s a light at the end of every tunnel.”GREYE

The Rumble Rocked!

For more details on Mai Tai Visit: http://www.maitaibar.com/daytona-beach/mai-tai-rumble.php

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‘Song’s dad won’t let me sing’

18013_252622If you have had “ONE OF THOSE DAY’S’ I recommend listening to Stuck with Green’s new CD for a little laugh and a little tongue-to- cheek fun!  Published by Starburst Music it consist of twenty-one blush-worthy tracks. Mixing crazy novelty, hilarious comedy and electronic music you get the one of a kind performance that is ‘Stuck with Green’!

AKA Matt, has this amazing ability to build a unique satirical show while keeping up his musical portfolio: as an instrumentalist for TV and film he continues to add to his achievements with his numerous  projects including Selection to pro-skateboarder Todd Falcon movie soundtrack Call to Fly released April 2005, Song of the Year Finalist for Juniper song For Being, June 2004, Two-time Honorable Mention recognition for Juniper songs Living With A Star and Hurt by songoftheyear.com January and March 2004 and First Runner-Up for licensing deal from makeastar.com for Juniper song Unspoken February 2004.

Starting in 2015 you will be able to catch ‘Stick with Green’ performing all around Orlando!

To hear more and keep updated go to :http://www.StuckWithGreen.com

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SloFunkPump update!

Hello out there! We did you all a favor just for your enjoyment and checked up on SloFunkPump who we reviewed back in September with his indie-jazz album Microphone: http://orlandobands.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/slofunkpump-microphone/   

10665901_10152783003250864_1952782756742674157_nDo you have any new tracks or videos coming out ? The new record “Microphone” is a must hear.  Check it and get it fo’ free @ slofunkpump.com!!!!  Video for “Red Dress Of Reba” is soon come.  We shoot next week.

What advise would you give to other artist trying to gain momentum in the industry?

I’m not sure I’m qualified to give advice on “momentum” considering I’m rocking it at about a 100 plays online for my new album.  Further, my goal is to avoid the “industry” at all costs :))  Fuck the police!!! Lol…But, one thing that we did with this record is expand the website to contain the SloFunkMag which can be updated regularly.  I think it’s important to have a website that isn’t stagnant and to create a presence online that is as creative and fun as the music.

What have you done recently that you would say has definitely helped your project grow?

Well, a month or so ago I connected with OrlandoBands.  That’s been cool, even if just to create a dialogue about my musical career.  Ben’s cool and he really is into doing what he does.  Also, I remember hearing a story about how promoters and club owners don’t really want to hear directly from the musician.  If someone’s the real deal, it would make sense that one other person on the earth is interested in moving the music out to a greater audience.  So, for this record, I’ve ass-backwardly put together a bit of a team — through teary-eyed groveling and bribery haha.  I now have a friend, Corey, who creates movie-style commercials for my shows.  Domskii helps out with website design and shooting music videos — she’s a cutie fyi.  Nowadays, these friends don’t even need to be local.  If only I can find some band members!  Anyone play bass, drums, or keys? :)) 

What is the last song you played in your car?

I was listening to Sirius radio and someone was playing a live cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”.  I think the dude is talented and the music was good.  But, I wasn’t sure why it needed to be a cover of Green Day since the whole rhythm and cadence was different.  Sounded more like an original with cover lyrics. 

Besides social media and flyers, do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows?

I wish!  Whatever happened to word of mouth?  Wtf. 

What genre would you really describe the band as?

SloFunk.

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Nick and Knight Tour 10/21

mandipaige (1)This act is made up of the nostalgic boy band duo ‘ Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys‘ and ‘ Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block‘ who have collaborated on a tour that can only be defined as the most fun you could have with pop music in one night.

nickandknightThe Plaza Live ( one of my favorite Orlando venues) gave us the opportunity to cover last nights concert of the Nick and Knight show. Walking in I wasn’t sure what to expect from this show to be honest, but from their opening performances with such high energy, precision dancing and contagious pop hits including their new single ‘WOO-HOO‘ I was certain this concert had set the scene for a great night.

The guy’s gave a pretty strong set showcasing their album with powerhouse vocals and 10473776_754819851267392_7532560402901084750_nkeeping up with the audience.  The guy’s turned down the volume for a few tracks and performed acoustically including doing the Backstreet Boys hit ‘I want It that Way‘.

Half way through the concert Nick and Jordan mixed up the environment turning the Plaza into a house party  by doing a mix of hits from the 90’s including Will SmithGetting Jiggy with it‘ and Sisqos thong song‘.

Closing the evening it really would not have been complete for all of us if the guy’s didn’t do this, with a salute to NKOTB Hangin’ Tough and of course Backstreet BoysLarger Than Life, the fans nearly blew the roof off the joint for these two.                                                                                                                         CAM00031-1These guy’s are veteran performers who truly love their fans :) Nick and Jordan as well as their fabulous band somehow mixed two generations of music and  a brand new album. Well Done!

http://www.nickandknight.com/

http://www.plazaliveorlando.com

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