Barry Myers: Starseeds and Dreamcatchers

Florida based indie/rock singer-songwriter Barry Myers is continuing his musical jcd_front_cover_12_5x12_5cm_resizedourney with his secound album Starseeds and DreamCatchers.

This Orlando native has creative a soft rock effect with smooth melodies and rock vocals. With the work on his first album 7th avenue, to his most recent album you can hear what a craftsman and talented musician Barry really is.

A very interesting fact on his new record was the musical inspiration inspired by the ‘The Keeper of Clarity’ book series, which is the first book in the new fiction series by Ivy Gilbert (Barry’s wife).

If you are a fan of John Lennon, James Morrison, and John Mayor you will have a gravitational pull towards this album!

To keep up to date on Barry’s music and performances visit:

http://www.barrymyersmusic.com

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Local Band Launches Unique site!

“It all started with a song we wrote as a birthday present for one of our friends,” Cassandra, songwriter and sax player in the group. 

PFuture-Kid-Sisters-Group (1)aintYouaSong.com, the creative thought child of the band ‘Future Kid Sisters’. On April 14th the band announced their Musical Portrait Project to target the aspect of allowing a consumer  to purchase an original song written/recorded to that exceptional someone in their lives.

Officially launching Friday, May  1st , 2015 with a contest to have a FREE Musical Portrait of their very own!

Future Kid Sisters is a band from the Mills/50 area of Orlando, FL. It is made up of a collection of songwriters and musicians who have collaborated on several Florida music projects over many years. At the core of the band are songwriters, Andrew Weeks, Kevin Bond, and Cassandra Wilcox.

“The musical portrait is our attempt at capturing the essence of an individual in the form of a song,” explains Andrew, songwriter and guitarist in the group.

To keep up to date give the band a follow on: @FKSmusic

PaintYouaSong.com

 

 

 

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Back in Orlando… Otown

mandipaige (1)Y77A7480-color-3The boys were back in town this past Saturday (May 2nd) at the House of Blues. Otown was back in their old stomping ground and phones were lit like a town power outage.  With Orlando being this weird hub for all the Original (American) boy bands it was only natural that the Millinium Boy Band (Making the Band) reunited on the stage of House of Blues Orlando once again slowly and without warning bringing out the tween girl in every 30 year old in the audience. Beyond the basic point of pure nostalgic power their voices were not dubbed over or lip-sync’d they sang, they raged the crowed and brought back the year 2000. But they also sprinkled in bits of acoustic sets showing off their still vibrant vocal skills with four voices and Jacob on Guitar. They bring back the memories I will give ’em that, but the guy’s have a new sound sneaking out, mature, funky and full of flare but not neglecting those powerhouse vocals we all remember.

My photographier (Sam) and I met up with the guys (Erik, Dan, Jacob and Trevor) before their show backstage of HOB,  they were an absolute comfortable blast to chat with and down to earth, although Sam she was not intending to do the interview:)CEAPiCpW0AAoxXV

Mandi “Hey Guy’s”

Dan,Jacob, Trevor,Erik “oh Hello!”

Mandi “How you like being back to HOB?”

Dan “This is Where it all began for us.”

Sam ” Ya’ll are all looking good by the way.”

Dan “oh you haven’t said that haha.” Jacob ” you should come here more often.”

Mandi ” Alright guys I did your interview back in July before the Hard Rock show was canceled/postponed so I already picked you for all the nerdy questions Jacob “Oh yeah yeah I remember that..”  Mandi “so since it is an update to that article Sam is going to do the Q&A, my reason  it’s Sam’s Birthday( our photographier) and she is going to be doing the Q&A its her first time but she’ll do good, if she does not kill me hahaJacob ” oh ok haha, alright Sound’s good.”

Dan “Well Happy Birthday, Jacob “yeah Happy Birthday.”2095000

sam “Thanks!”

Sam “I actually saw you about 14 years ago…” Erik ” Yeah, I feel like we’ve met..”

Sam “For your album Lines and Circles how/who came up with that?

Erik “the title lines and circles is something I conjured up, I had a lot of other definitions for it as a metaphor for us as a band and over the last decade just creating differnt lines to circle back and do this again and that is really what the song talks about in a sence. Each lyric, every lyric in the song relates to one of the guys because I know them so well, when performing they can probably relate to us more than any other song.”

Sam ” Whoa, I keep loosing my breath every 2 seconds.Jacob ” every  6 seconds. ;)”

Dan ” Sam you’re doing good,? Trevor “yeah, your really good for my ego.”

Sam “What is your favorite throw back song to perform?        Jacob “my favorite- ‘All or Nothing’ it’s my favorite because it’s their favorite and it is the energy, like a majority of the people are here because they love that song and you can feel it- the phones lit .”

Sam “I still Keep it in my Car, and put it on that song.”

Mandi  “hmm,  yeah just the other day she pulls up with the speakers pumping and it’s ‘All or Nothing’!”

Jacob. “Haha, really that’s great haha”

Sam “How is it performing with four guys instead of five?”

Trevor ” It has been seemless actually oddly enough from four to five lines to circlesFB_IMG_1430938114255 because there was so much time between, it was easier to transition from the four to five so i wasn’t like it was 5-5-5 and he was gone and then we strated right away, that would have been a little bit more weird because there ws so much time in between tis just kinda felt like a new band getting back together, but we knew each other this time, we got to write the songs and do every thing ourselves so the thing has been an awesome experience, like I said it has been seemless.”

Sam “What song off this album do you really like performing live the most?”

Erik “Well, I don’t think these guy’s would even believe me…” Dan “it’s probably my favorite one haha ‘Playing with Fire’?

Erik “Yeah, it comes at a part in the show where we need something big to happen CAM00497and it really does that, you know get the crowd jumping and you know it’s just so funny because Jacob he wrote that song and he didn’t want it for us and we tryed to convience him that we wanted to do it…      “ JacobWe played it on a whim , like heres one of the things I have been working on and I wasn’t pitching it to Otown because it’s poppie and we were going in a different, so yeah NO we gotta cut this! haha”

Eri!k “you know Trevor is a pop purest like me and it just has a great melody and it is kinda of a throwback song, to me thats just one…”

SamCAM00419 “How has your sound changed or progressed through the years?”

Dan ” Well I don’t know, it’s all stuff that we are very connected too and when we were getting  material together for the album we were having a conference call and were talking about songs and we said ‘Oh man it just doesn’t feel like an Otown song and it kinda snapped in for us, Wait A Second! and like Erik wrote this and Trevor wrote this, we wrote this how is it not Otown, you know? and we never had to come to grips with that before because we had such a big machine behind it and frankly they weren’t that open to letting us writing our own material..so…”

Trevor “it was weird because when we when we were getting material from other writers when we were looking for songs for Otown and we are getting back all these songs that people think are Otown songs and we don’t really like any of them, all they know is ‘all or nothing’ so its just all these different types of ballads, it’s like dude, we need to write these songs they need to come from us, we did and we say this is like our first real Otown album that’s really us.”

Sam “Well, I’m excited to see you guy’s!”

Mandi “Me too, I’m excited because it brings me back to my childhood /middle school  and way back during the TRL days.

Jacob “oh that’s awsome thats what we want that.”

Mandi” yeah but mention TRL today and you feel old real quick.” Jacob ” Don’t worry believe me I know that.”

Sam “What CD are you into right now?”

Trevor “right now, Jessie J ‘Who You Are’ ’cause I’ve never listened to that album before and I’d heard how awesome she is and just never listened to her so I went and bought it and haven’t stopped listenning.”

Jacob “I chew ’em up pretty quick, I’ll go through an album in a week straight through its good, right now it’s Awolnation.”

Dan “I’m on some serious Raffi right now, so like… Jacob ” like some Paddy-Cake”

Dan “Nah, thats too young.” Jacob ” Oh that was last year!”    Dan” anything from the Original soundtrack of turbo or Cars, oh yeah!

Erik ” oh, I am on an Artic Monkeys Kick, like the last week before we went on tour I just had that in my Pandora.”

Mandi ” Well thanks guys for the interview, it got a little wacky but thats always memorable. Jacob “oh yeah!” Mandi ” And Sam you did a good job considering I FB_IMG_1430938263592made you do it! :P

Dan “Sam, you did a great job!” Jacob, good job.

Erik, Dan, Jacob, trevor ” Happy Birthday sam”

It was great to meet all of you and regarding the concert  it seems all of you can still rock the Hell out of a stage. Mandi!IMG_20150507_202510

For more information on he bands new music or upcoming tour stops go to:http://www.otownofficial.com 

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Mayor Teresa Jacobs Battle of the Bands WINNERS!

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FB_IMG_1430227933892Check out the winners of the 2nd annual Spring Mayor Teresa Jacobs Battle of The Bands at Barnett Park 2015!

How long have you been playing music?

I been playing various instruments since I was about 12 years old.

When did you start this particular (musical) project? We put together this group about a year ago.     FB_IMG_1430227914567

Who is your biggest musical influence on the radio right now?      Our musical influence comes from Salsa Bands such as “El Gran Combo” from Puerto Rico.

   How would you describe your style? We are a Tropical Music Band with preference of the   Salsa music but we also play “Bachata”.

 If you could have the opening slot on anyone’s tour this summer which artist would it be and why?     We do not think we are at a level of being an opening band for any artist yet but someday, maybe.

What do you hope to achieve with this project/band?  We are a family oriented band that plays at special events for fun and entertainment of all.  We will continue to play on an “as needed basis” and when the opportunity arises.Thanks again for sharing my thoughts on your site.

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Talking to ‘FlyLeaf’

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 With EarthDay Birthday 22 fast approaching I spoke with first time event performers ‘FlyLeaf’. This texas based platinum alternative rock band has made a memorable name for themselves in the face of the rock world.  Coming together in 2000 originally including lead vocalist Lacey Sturm, guitarists Jared Hartmann, Sameer Bhattacharya, drummer James Culpepper and bassist Pat Seals. With the latest modificaion to the band being the transition of lead Vocalist Lacey who stepped down as Flyleaf-Press-Photo-2-700x466lead vocalist from the band in 2012 leading to Kristen May taking a new position in Flyleaf as the current lead vocalist, who is making the FlyLeaf name proud by being part of the Revolver Hottest Chicks Tour Headliners!

What Can fans expect on the Revolver Tour? “A really fun night, great music and 

revolverhottestwe have some really awesome bands with us. So Yeah, a really high-energy night!”

This is some something I was very interested to know about, you used Pledgemusic, How did that change the Overall experience with this recent album? ” Getting the Fans involved, which was really a great experience, and something brand new, from the studio to the record it was different because if you pledgd this you may get Kristen performing a track, if you Pledge this you could get a studio Q&A, so it made it very exciting!”

How has the dynamic changed with the transition of a lead vocalist? “Re-energized!, Re-Vitalized!”

How do you write Lrics is it more of a solo effort or a collaboration?
“It is definitly more of a Collaboration, I mean if one of us is working on a song we can all chime in and we’re all really
a part of everything. There is a lot of spontaneity, So we are a part of all are music.”

Do you have a favorite song to perform live? “Oh yeah, Head Underwater, is probably the most fun to perform live. it’s actually written about my experience, I had alot of encounteres with bullying growing up being a small kid so this song is really about rising above it.!”

How do you feel about being part of EarthDay Birthday 22? “Awesome! yeah, I think this is our first time performing and we’re really excited. Its sound’s fun! It’s a really good day to Celebrate!”

61MfGxmkEiL._SL500_AA280_Is there anything you would like to tell our Central Fl Reader’s? “Yeah, check out our new album ‘ Between the Stars’. And our fans were such a huge part of this album and we really have them to thank so much and are so greatful to all of our Fans, we would not be doing what we are without them.”

 

Can’t wait to see all of you Performing at Earthday Birthday 22!

Catch up on the band at:http://flyleafonline.com

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Rockus Maximus Winners 2015!

10998699_10152752949493253_1195402110_oS.S HANAMI  taking the first place spot at this year’s ‘Rockus Maximus 18: Battle  of the Bands! Fan Voted  and music dominated.

The band is based out of Cape Canaveral Florida this J-Rock band is 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”.

Rockus Maximus was founded by Pasco County library and has grown in prominient size each and every year since. BoBsiteheadernew

Now leaving  band members; Robert, Nat, James and Andrew taking home bragging rights and $3,500 in recording FINAL-CAST-JPEGtime.

You can see the band performing live on April 24th at the Florida Anime Experience!  And To get the latest band updates give them a follow athttps://mobile.twitter.com/sshanami

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Emily Hearn: hits The Social April 16th

Thisimages 24 year-old indie starlet was featured just a few weeks prior as an american singer-songwriter Emily Hearn back with her new album ‘Hourglass’ which came out March 10th that Followed her 2012 record ‘Paper heart’.

She will be hitting The Social along with Tyrone Wells on April 16thFB_IMG_1427851690112 supporting the band promoting her new record. I spoke to this creative talent this past weekend about touring, writing, even snacking!

How do you feel about touring with the Tyrone Wells?

I love it! This is my longest tour yet, and we’re getting to play in several cities that I’ve never even been to. Tyrone and his band are so nice, and I’ve been having a blast playing with them!

Have you always been writing your own material or is that something you just picked up more recently?

I’ve always written all my own music. For my last EP, “Promises” I experimented with some co-writing with a few guys that I hadn’t met before, which really fun! But for this album I decided to write the whole thing with my husband Michael. We did end up co-writing 3 of the 12 songs with a couple of friends of ours, but for the most part we wrote it alone. My new album Hourglass is out now!

Growing up what artist would you say influenced you the most as an adult?

Probably James Taylor. I’ve always been so inspired by his voice and his songs.

What’s your favorite thing to binge on (junk food) while on the road?

Michael and I always try to find the best donut place in each city. It’s our favorite junk food and a fun little hobby. My favorite so far has been the Doughnut Plant in New York City.

Do you have a track off this record you are most proud of (I know that’s kinda of like choosing a favorite child:D)?

I think that my favorite song off the new record is “The Oak Tree.” It’s all about growing up and trying to figure out where you’re supposed to go from here.

Is there any one thing you would like to tell our Orlando readers?

I’ve never played a show in Orlando before, but I have several dear friends and family members from the area and I’m so excited to be there for the first time! What a lovely, sunny, city — I’m thrilled!

Emily’s past feature:

https://orlandobands.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/emily-hearns-follow-up-hourglass/

 

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