Event News | GameSoundCon Returns to LA for 10 Anniversary

GameSoundCon returns to Los Angeles for the 10th year this October

Save the date: October 9 and 10, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA

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GameSoundCon, the premier conference for video game music and sound design, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and once again welcomes video game composers and game sound designers to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 9 and 10, 2018.

“It’s hard to believe that GameSoundCon is a decade old!”, says Executive Director Brian Schmidt. “The conference has grown so much over the years and it has become one of the most important events in the industry. We are proud to provide a place for sound designers, composers, programmers, VO, Researchers and others working in game audio to network, grow and to push the industry forward while also welcoming newcomers and innovators into the fold.” This year, GameSoundCon has received a record number of speaker submissions from many of the top names in game sound and music.

GameSoundCon 2018 offers over 50 panel discussions and educational sessions as well as “speed mentoring”, where attendees can meet with some of the speakers and other game audio professionals in person for Q&As or demo critiques. In addition to the traditional tracks; Game Audio Essentials, Game Audio Pro, Audio for Virtual Reality, and Wwise Special Training Sessions, GameSoundCon is featuring an ACADEMIC track for the first time. The Academic track consists in 2 days of panels and sessions, with a look at new technologies being created at the university level and what related academic developments are emerging. The 2nd day of the Academic track is devoted the study of game audio, including Ludomusicology, a growing field of academic research and scholarly analysis focusing on video game music.

GameSoundCon’s registration is open now and EARLY BIRD pricing of $449 is available through August 31, 2018 (regular ticket price: $725). To register, please visit www.gamesoundcon.com/registration.

About GameSoundCon
Over the past decade, GameSoundCon has grown into the largest professional conference dedicated to game music and sound design and audio for virtual reality. It is the leading resource for sound designers and composers from Film, TV, music or other traditional media who are looking to widen their skills when it comes to composing music for games, and for experienced game audio professionals who want to learn more about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and stay on the cutting edge. The conference is held on October 9-10 in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

Twitter: @GameSound



EVENT NEWS | 3rd Annual BLACK TATTOO ART & MUSIC EXPO (BTAME)The Black Tattoo, Art, and Music Expo is first of its kind in the country, our purpose is to promote art, positivity and non-violence by using tattoos, art, and music. The art of tattooing is a cultural practice that can be traced back through human history for thousands of years. From the Ancient Egyptians to Polynesian Indians and from Wall Street to Main Street, tattoos are becoming more common and much more respected as art for the body. According to recent research, roughly 20 percent of all Americans have a tattoo. Among African Americans, tattoos are so popular that they are celebrated on Black Ink, the highly-rated television show on VH1. Celebrating art, tattooing, music and small business at The Edward Hotel & Convention Center July 21 & 22 2018.

“Many of the Expo’ s participants have personal stories about how school arts programs provided them with an outlet from their daily struggles and essentially saved their lives,” states Detroit City Council Member, James E. Tate, Jr. (District 1) who serves as the inaugural Ambassador for the event and emphasizes its importance. “Our purpose is to promote positivity and non-violence by using tattoos, art, and music.” Event founders Jason Phillips and Michael Burnett are both tattoo enthusiasts and longtime supporters of local artists and businesses. Phillips and Burnett have partnered with a number of local and national entrepreneurs, performing, tattoo, visual artist, and vendors.

The Detroit Black Tattoo, Art, and Music Expo is first of its kind in the country, will feature some of the following during the weekend:

  • Appearances by The Ladies of Ink (National tour of African American Women from across the U.S).
  • Fine art exhibit BLACKiD curated by Laura Gibson of Chiliad Creatives and Don Dudley.
  • Detroit Metro Times 2018 Best Visual Artist Brian Nickson, will be painting at the Expo.
  • Painting with a Twist conducting classes during BTAME.
  • Live Entertainment from local entertainment & performers presented by R&B Live Detroit.

July 21 & 22, 2018
11AM – 11PM
Edward Hotel & Convention Center Dearborn, MI
Click Here for tickets!

The Black Tattoo, Art, and Music Expo is sponsored in part by Detroit Ink Spot, EFFEN Vodka, Galliano Van Dyke Dodge, MBB Entertainment & Consulting, Motown Tattoo, R&B Live and Tattoo Addict. For more information, vending and or sponsorship opportunities contact us at 313-288-9871 or visit www.btame313.com.


Summer R&B Stories | Hennessy & Rose Petals Album by Wyen Solo

UK Recording Artist, Wyen Solo, Releases Summer Love Stories with New Album, Hennessy & Rose Petals

Hennessy & Rose petals by Wyen Solo, UK singer/songwriter

The 11 track album, Hennessy & Rose petals outlines smooth R&B sounds just in time for Summer. Wyen Solo’s debut release consists of stories of  love lost, and reflections penned from her own experiences. Throughout the album, we are re-introduced to Solo’s vocal range and skills in songwriting. From reminiscing to making declarations of not being a pushover, Hennessy & Rose petals, takes us on a soulful journey of REAL R&B adding to the surge of indie recording artists keeping the genre going strong! Listeners will gain a variety of styles from this album as Solo delivers heavy beats, soft ballads, jazz melodies, and even a taste of trap-style to enjoy.

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Shontay Broadway | Mello Beatz | J. Casso | Daj Jordan | Shawty Chris Beats | XVR Black

Hennessy & Rose petals is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

IG: WyenSolo

Week3 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Music Monster

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JUXTA CRASH BURN ARTWORKArtist: Juxta / The Turtle Project
Track:Crash and Burn”
Dark clouds cast long shadows, deep with beats, across a sprawling urban landscape. Rasping guitar strings blow through the baking heat, cascading discarded trash down the deserted streets. UK based, self described, ‘Industrial Post-Punk’ act, Juxta team up with one man, ‘songwriting experiment’, The Turtle Project to ‘Crash and Burn’ your shiny happy, pop chart friendly, summer playlists. Taken from prolific, release machine, Juxta’s latest EP, ‘Survive’ (Released June 29), the band’s twelfth release this year, ‘Crash and Burn’, successfully combines ambient, technoir cinematic, soundscapes with highly percussive musical elements to create a tense, sonic assault upon the senses, that compels as it confronts ; the Turtle Project’s idea rich, stab n rush, lyrical flow forming the phonetically charged, snarled oratory, straight up the centre of the mix. ‘Crash and Burn’, a fallen city on fire. ‘Crash and Burn’, a summer soundtrack to social decay. ‘Crash and Burn’, caught between the ideals of the vista haze. ‘Crash and Burn’, and the sweltering stench of failed reality. ‘Crash and Burn’. ‘Crash and Burn’.

Twitter: @JUXTAMusicUK
IG: juxta_uk

el dramaArtist: AN1MALA
Track: “El Drama”
Cuban born, multi talented singer songwriter / producer, AN1MALA (Berto Carlos Lopez), drops a well brewed slice of Cubana infused electro-beat, slinky instrumentation and effortless vocal hook, to move, groove and improve the mood of your summer party season. ‘El Drama’ rides its vibe light, by carefully crafting percussive value into every musical element, seamlessly blending the rhythmic with the melodic, through slick production techniques. AN1MALA’s vocal shifts in tightly timed phrases, the La Habana born singer, having first made his bones on the Cuban freestyle rap scene. The track walks the tightrope of good taste well, complementing his vocal style and feel with deftly applied pitch FX, that enhances, but never takes chances with the singer’s accomplished voice. ‘El Drama’ is a Travolta strut. Saturday night fever, finessed. Perfectly pitched for the summer sweat and grind. Arms round your lover, bodies pressed hot and hard together, lost in the stink of each other. Dance ’till the sun comes up. Dance ’till the two of you drop. Dance.

Twitter: @an1mala
IG: an1mala

Oracles Front Cover Hi ResArtist: Ana Silvera
Track: “Circle of Chalk”
Taken from her new album, ‘Oracles’ (Released July 6), London based alt. folk singer songwriter, Ana Silvera’s, ‘Circle of Chalk’ is an orchestrated delight ; a vocal opus, rich in percussive energy and intriguing musical device. The track inspires a singular listening sensation, more akin to that of performance art. The tonal uniqueness of the opening rhythmic salvo, catches the ear immediately, with a ‘beat-orientated’ voice arrangement of hushed vowel sounds, swiftly adding to the theatre evoking and quickly evolving aural experience. Further instrumental elements join, adding to both the sonic palette and syncopated tapestry. The track avoids become cluttered through skillful and well thought out use of arrangement, EQ / Dynamic treatment and panning position alike. Comparisons between Ana and Kate Bush, are as obvious as they are inevitable. And yet, the music of Ana Silvera feels too fiercely original, to be crassly compared to that of another. As it moves from one musical idea to another, building in intricacy and engagement, ‘Circle of Chalk’ dares the listener to become bored. The grace and imagination of the track is sweeping, and almost overwhelming to take in all at once. Not a song for the summer. A song for the rest of your life.

Twitter: @anasilveramusic
IG: ana_silvera

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for Brash. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

Twitter: @MonsterThread

The Breakthrough | “Better” by Clyde J

Rising Neo-Soul Gospel Artist CLYDE J Releases His Uplifting Single “Better” Written During An Emotional Period Of Hurt and Joy

neo-soul gospel, better by clyde j, better, clyde j, new music releaseLouisiana’s Neo-Soul Gospel artist CLYDE J is a up-and-coming singer and songwriter who shows power, passion and perseverance in his music. In this competitive music industry, Clyde J is pressing to break through and become a mainstay in music where so many indie artists cannot sustain or endure.

Clyde J released  “What I Need” single and music video in December of last year and has an all new single “Better” that continues to set the singer on course for longevity in music and ministry. “Better” is Clyde J’s anthem for pushing through tough times in life and leaning on the Father who will make all things better.

“The words to ‘Better’ were birthed out of an emotional time of hurt and joy,” Clyde shares. “The passing of my mother and the birth of my daughter happened just a few weeks apart. God was using my pain during loss and my joy of being blessed to formulate the lyrics to this song,” he continues. “The good and bad in my life were ingredients to make a Better version of me for my next season in life.”

Clyde J offers “Better” to listeners as a weapon in taking back their power through Christ. “So many times our situations, struggles, and circumstances strip us of our power and faith. This song puts the listener in the position to drag all those issues into the presence of a holy God who makes everything Better and all things new,” Clyde J proclaims.
The “Better” single is the title track to his forthcoming album BETTER.

“Better”  is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, & GooglePlay!

The public is invited to attend PRESENCE OF BETTER: An Evening of Passion and Praise concert featuring Clyde J. Alicia Hardy-Montgomery and Marty The Greatest. The event will be held Saturday July 14 at 3:00PM at El Bethel Worship Center in Slidell, LA. This is a free event.

PRESENCE OF BETTER: An Evening of Passion and Praise

Twitter: @Clydejmusic
IG: Clydejmusic

Coming Soon… | Trajectory Album by Steve Lewin

Toronto-based recording artist Steve Lewin transforms passion into a new album, Trajectory 

steve lewin, trajectory by steve lewin, indie artist, indie music releaseTrajectory is an album that feels both independently pure and meticulously refined. With subtle and obvious inspirations of grunge, Britpop, and alternative music, Trajectory recalls the music of the 90s while striding confidently forward.

Watch the captivating lyric video for the title track “Built to Collapse” premiered exclusively on Indie88.

Trajectory is Steve Lewin’s fourth EP. His music has achieved domestic and international recognition through licensing in television and film, airplay on Sirius XM and CBC radio, and two tours performing across Europe and throughout the UK.

As a multi-instrumentalist who holds musicianship in high regard, Steve writes and performs every instrument on the album and focuses his craft with a natural approach. The results are standout tracks like “Built to Collapse”, engaging ballads like “Standing Still”, and the tumultuous track “I Won’t Break”. Steve’s emotions are executed with large and expressive dynamic range, capturing a perspective that is honest, refreshing, and inspiring. This perspective produces tracks like “The Rest of Us”, celestial in its core and inspired by life in a universe that miniaturizes ourselves.

Trajectory will be released independently July 27 2018,
available worldwide! Pre-Order Today!

About Steve Lewin
Toronto-based recording artist Steve Lewin has achieved domestic and international recognition through licensing in television and film, broadcast on Sirius XM and CBC radio, and two tours performing dozens of shows across Europe and the UK.

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Twitter: @SteveLewinMusic
IG: SteveLewinMusic
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Cali Vibes in Your Radio | Too Fast Debut EP

California Based Trio, Too Fast, Makes an Impressive Debut with their New Self-titled EP

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Starring the works of producer Cyran, vocalist Dave L, and rapper K-Lien, the music group comes from three different musical backgrounds. Too Fast blends these artists individual style into one amazingly unique sound. 5 songs deep the self-titled EP is cinematic and big production-wise from the opening track “Just Like You.” Within a few listens you might get the sense that Too Fast’s sound might be where urban music is heading the next few years – mixing Hip Hop, with EDM and high tempo rhythms. This trio might just be on to something.

Too Fast EP is Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, & Amazon Music!

Check out the music video for Too Fast’s lead single “Just Like You”

Too FastAbout Too Fast
Too Fast is the breakthrough collaboration of three seasoned artists– electronic music producer Cyran, singers K-Lien and Dave L– introducing a tantalizing new sound to the music world. At its core a bracing blend of EDM and Hip-Hop, their music is infused with bold topical themes to move even the most jaded, weaving a powerful spell that touches heart and head. The trio’s first self-titled EP “Too Fast” debuted June 2018 in Santa Ana, California.

The group’s name is a reflection on all things that go “too fast”– from life itself to the frenetic pace of change in the world/technology– and the challenge of dealing with it all. This theme is at its most poignant in their first music video, “Just Like You,” based on Cyran’s earlier EDM dance hit and now transformed into a heart-wrenching, mesmerizing tale of love lost in a flash. The video was filmed by producer and MTV/VMA 2015 winner Satien Mehta.

Twitter: @TooFast_Music
IG: TooFastMusic