A New Westin Sound | “You Leave Me No Choice” by Matt Westin

Pittsburgh-based country artist Matt Westin has released his new single and lyric video, “You Leave Me No Choice”

You Leave Me No Choice by Matt Westin - BRASH! Magazine BlogPittsburgh, PA – Matt Westin took a huge gamble. He placed an enormous bet on himself and went “all in” on his music career. The former engineer-turned-country singer is reaping the rewards of his poker face in the form of awards, radio airplay, critical acclaim and an appearance in the industry’s prestigious “bible,” Billboard Magazine.

Now, Matt is releasing his latest single and lyric video, “You Leave Me No Choice.” The track is from his debut album, Legacy (MTS Records). Originally released in January 2018, the album was re-released by MTS in October, under their new distribution deal with AWAL. Legacy was produced by industry veteran Bryan Cole, and features performances from studio greats, Mike Brignardello (Blake Shelton, Big & Rich) on bass and Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan) on pedal steel.

Watch “You Leave Me No Choice” Lyric Video

About Matt Westin
Matt Westin’s first single, “Our Redneck of the Woods” reached the IndieWorld Country chart and the European Country Music Association charts. Matt was also on the Top 200 International Country Artists chart. His second single, “Farm Town” is still climbing several airplay charts. Matt is the 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Male Country Artist of the Year. His Emerging Artists ad recently appeared in the October 10, 2018 issue of Billboard Magazine.

Twitter: @matt_westin


Getting It Right | “Better Man” by Justing Kemp Band

Justin Kemp Band Set to Release New Single Produced by Bill McDermott, “Better Man” on Nov. 16th 

“Better Man” was written with the hope to inspire people to strive to be the best they can in any given relationship. May it be with a spouse, a parent, a child, a sibling, a friend, or even with God. We all make mistakes, and I think we all hope those we hold dear can and will give us that second chance to be better.

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Justin Kemp Band  is currently touring and recording his EP prepareing for release in 2019.

Pre-Order “Better Man” Now on iTunes!

About Justin Kemp Band
Justin grew up in the small New Mexico town of Hobbs listening to his dad sing and play country music and watching him play bass, acoustic guitar, and piano in church on Sunday mornings. He was also heavily influenced by his very supportive aunt and uncle, Sherman and Tammy Aten of Aten Ministries, who are very successful evangelical musicians. Justin was constantly exposed to the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley, George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks, and all the greats of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s country music scene. By the age of 11, Justin could often be found in his room with his dad’s acoustic guitar learning to play and switch between the basic chords. He was fascinated with the instrument, and for Christmas that year, Santa delivered Justin his first acoustic guitar. His parents often joke that he picked it up and has yet to put it down.

Justin began writing his own songs in high school. At first, he wasn’t too keen on the idea of singing in front of others; but once he allowed himself to be heard, his unique, powerful voice easily captivated all who listened. After high school, he worked briefly for a local surveying company all the while knowing in his heart that music was his passion. After a couple of years, his younger brother graduated high school and decided to go to South Plains College in Levelland, TX. With encouragement from his family to chase his dreams while he was young, Justin enrolled in the Commercial Music program at SPC.

It didn’t take long for Justin’s parents to begin receiving reassurance from the music staff at SPC that Justin should pursue a career as an entertainer. Justin thrived in the school’s ensembles and quickly got his first solo acoustic gig at a coffee shop in Lubbock playing for tips. He met some other student musicians, and along with is dad, David, formed the Justin Kemp Band to play his first paying gig for his cousin’s Quinceanera in Lovington, NM. It didn’t take long for word to get out and Justin Kemp Band was playing somewhere every weekend in Lubbock, Hobbs, and the surrounding areas, and over the next year, JKB began traveling all over Texas and Southeastern New Mexico.

Justin’s twin brother Cody and younger brother Cameron both help with promoting the band and selling merchandise. Cameron majored in Music Business at SPC and hopes to take over the management of the band from David in the future. Justin’s mom, Marla, plays a key role in promoting the band and keeping up with social media, marketing, designing desirable merchandise, and keeping the boys in line. JKB, which quickly grew into Kempire Productions, LLC, is a family business that is grounded in the Kemp’s Christian faith and a strong “family first” conviction. Justin has often said that he doesn’t care if he ever becomes rich or famous; as long as he’s making a living, having fun, and doing what he loves with who he loves, that’s all that matters.

Twitter: @JustinKempBand
IG: TheJustinKempBand

Week21 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

almere by I wear experiment - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: I Wear* Experiment
Track: “Almere”
Estonian cinema-scape/electro-groove outfit I Wear* Experiment, drop 4 minute 29 second dose of Baltic neo-synthpop cool, new single, “Almere”. Hailing from the Estonian capital Tallinn (on the banks of the Gulf of Finland), Hando Jaksi, Mikk Simson and Johanna Eenma aka I Wear* Experiment, began grinding out a slow burn rise to International recognition back in 2013 with debut release, 4 track EP Crickets Empire I. In the subsequent five years, the Nordic 3 piece have earned ‘Debut Album of the Year’ for 2016 release Patience at the Estonian Music Awards, glowing reviews from tastemakers The Line of Best Fit and Louder Than War; landed supporting spots for both Hurts and Kasabian, with 2016 and 2017 spent touring heavily across Europe and Asia. Latest release “Almere” is a driving, pulsating blend of deftly crafted overlapping musical stanzas; engaging lyric and synth-sonic; framed by smartly worked production and quietly dynamic mix/master. The track moves forward in soft-footed, confident strides; sequencers fizz and oscillate, playing off each other in counterpoint; beats skip and shuffle, with well judged dabs of bass line; the rhythmic structure making intelligent use of sonic space. Johanna Eenma’s vocals catch the ear and draw the listener into the song; the talented singer moving gracefully from percussive phrases to open melodies; tasteful vocal processing, adds pitched harmony and abstract tones, set deep in the reverb. With 3 minutes becoming the new standard for singles, in emerging age of streaming media, “Almere” runs a weighty one and half minutes longer than a ‘playlist friendly’ 180 seconds; but the track makes light work of its runtime; a tight punch of well worked Nordic Electro Pop, perfect for playlist and radio play alike. I Wear* Experiment are very much ready for the International stage and well deserving of any and all success that comes their way. Without doubt, a band to watch in 2019.

Twitter: @iwearexperiment
IG: iwearexperiment


Release EP by Only Girl - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Only Girl
Track: “Crave” / Release EP
Sweeping melodies and graceful harmonies, production kept on the down low and beats with a touch of lofi, Independent Artist Only Girl releases four track EP, Release. Having recorded her debut EP, Feel it in 2014, the talented, young singer songwriter dropped a further two records over the next two years, before switching it up in 2017 with a string of five new releases; totaling 12 separate titles, including remixes, acoustic and live versions; 2018 has continued in the same prolific vein, making Release the seventh drop of the year. The South London based Artist’s latest, draws on a wide range of styles/genres, from the down beat, soul bitten electronica and groove of “Crave” to the stripped down, beauty and simplicity of ‘Gabriel’; the EP bound together by glorious vocal arrangements, rooted deep in gospel and soul. Tasteful production gentle builds instrumentation around the lead vocal; giving space and support, with quietly musical moments and dashes; so well judged, and therefore, so easy on the ear, it’s easy to miss the impressive range of musical idea, carefully crafted into the EP; the various genres, styles and elements, intuitively blended from one to another. At the heart of it all, vocals rise and fall in bittersweet stanzas; inspired use of backing vocal, enhancing and enriching. Having already earned support from BBC Radio, Spotify and taste-maker publications like Clash, Line of Best Fit and Fader, Only Girl is quietly building a reputation as a serious artist of the highest quality; and whereas many UK Artist struggle to make an impact in the American market, with sublime vocal and songwriting, partnered with first rate production, Only Girl has every chance of becoming a success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Twitter: @onlygirlmusic
IG: onlygirlmusic


Consider This by Pre-Echo - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Pre-Echo
Track: “Earth Says” / Consider This EP
Norwegian pop odyssey sonic engineers Pre-Echo deliver five track EP, Consider This. Having only released their debut single, the eco-concerned, neo-synthpop guilt trip, 3 minute 6 second ‘who did this’ earlier this year, the Oslo based five piece have been quick to find and establish their ‘sound’. Consider This is an impressively accomplished musical work, particularly for a band so early in their career. Tracks burst open with contrasting instrumental idea and construction; the EP evolving in dynamic surges of imaginative and inspired juxtaposition. Drawing upon guitar, bass and drum, complimented and countered by analogue synth and sample, the band deliver a rich phonic palette of compelling musicality. Drums lands with both punch on the beats and trash on the cymbal; guitars are raw, yet scattered, re-imagined and reinvented by FX; both bass and guitar evocative of the work of Roger Waters and David Gilmore, during ‘The Wall’ era of Pink Floyd; synths feel chunky with texture, the band opting for analogue other virtual. Andrea Louise Horstad’s vocals run like a stream of consciousness, a reflection in frustration, meditation upon inequity; lyrics preoccupied with this injustices and inanities of this world, rather than the passing or superficial; many Artists talk ‘depth’ in interviews, but few write in into their songs. Andrea Louise Horstad is one of the rare lyricists, able to engage the listener upon subjects of importance and weight. With only five songs to their name, Pre-Echo, nevertheless, manage to impress as a band of substance and credibility. Already capable of so much, we can but imagine and wait impatiently to witness, the dizzying heights, Pre-Echo may well reach in the coming years.

IG: preechoband


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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! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

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

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Ready to Play A Game? | “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire” Music Video by The Chillionaires

NYC Hip Hop Trio, The Chillionaires, Releases New Visual for “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire”

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New York Hip Hop trio, The Chillionaires is back with more dope rhymes and a new visual for the single, “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire”. The music video was shot by Starr Mazi in Brooklyn, New York.

Members, Ruciano, Gucci Gray, and Sky Scraper adds their own style and segment throughout the track adding to the new wave of REAL rap!


Watch Music Video for “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire”

About The Chillionaires
New York based rap group, The Chillionaires consist of members Ruciano, King Gray, & Sky Scaper. This trio’s debut release “The Formula” gained much recognition from rap music lovers and media outlets for this group out of Brooklyn, NY. Currently they are working on releasing new music and visuals showcasing their brand and creative rap styles.

Twitter: @_Chillionaires
Instagram: the_chillionaires

When You Just Can’t Let it Go | “Liar Liar” by Peyton List

Disney Actress, Peyton List, Releases Debut Single, “Liar Liar”

Liar Liar by Peyton List

Actress and fashion insider Peyton List is poised for her biggest year yet. The 20-year-old media darling has appeared on magazine covers, in national fashion ads, starred in feature films and has even hosted an event at the White House. You know Peyton List as Emma on the fan favorite Disney’s Jessie and Bunk’d, but her venture into the music world with the single “Liar Liar” uncovers a Peyton we have yet to discover.

“Liar Liar” is a driving electro-pop anthem featuring bold infectious melodies and honest lyrics. This is the first time fans will truly see an unfiltered Peyton. Lyrics describing “Liar Liar” is the story of a boy that’s done her wrong, but she’s still hung up on him. List knows he’s moved on with different girls(“Perfume on the pillowcase/How many b*tches came through this place?”), but she still is attached to him (“Sold my soul to someone cold”). List’s first single is her first step outside of the Disney bubble; a tribute to her first taste of adulthood.

“Liar Liar” is Available Now on Spotify!

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Outside of music, Peyton will appear in the new CBS series, Happy Together. And because fashion always run through her blood, Peyton is proud to announce the release of her debut clothing line LIST BY PEYTON, a collection of whimsical pieces with a“female first” message weaved into each piece. Peyton recognizes her position as a role model and millennial thought leader and treats her massive social media audience with the respect they deserve. When she’s not working, Peyton loves spending time with her family, writing and producing comedy shorts with her twin brother Spencer, hanging out with her friends and volunteering her free time to the ASPCA, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Peyton is also committed to mentoring the next generation of young women who look to her for advice and inspiration. She believes in hard work, self-respect and pursuing your dreams, and those are messages she’s proud to share.

Twitter @PeytonList
IG: PeytonList

Psychedelic Success | “Toulouse” by Neon Cities

Denver electronic duo Neon Cities releases their first music video for single “Toulouse” following the success of their last EP In Waves

Toulouse by Neon Ctities - BRASH! Magazine BlogDenver duo Neon Cities self-releases a first music video for their new single “Toulouse” following the success of their In Waves EP, which has to date accumulated over a half million streams on Spotify since July. Toulouse is a instrumental chillwave composition in the vein of Com Truise, Sun Glitters, or Washed Out for all those folks reaching for warm memories of summer, conjuring up the south of France. The title comes from Neon Cities’ Chase, who developed the original song concept on a day off in the city of Toulouse while touring with downtempo and ambient artist Tycho.

“Toulouse” is Available Now on Spotify!

The video for “Toulouse” is a psychedelic and sensual composition developed by Neon Cities own Chase Dobson. It features time lapse botanical and nature footage moving in time and emphasizing audible cues in the title track to accentuate visually the beautiful nature of Toulouse.

Watch Official Music Video for “Toulouse”

Denver electronic duo Neon CitiesIf “Toulouse” is a sun bleached visit to the South of France, the B Side, Storm on the Isle is it’s dark side, a sprawling, moody, ambient excursion in a rain soaked isle off of Scotland in mid-October. Those familiar with Neon Cities’ prior releases will recognize the 80’s soundtrack aesthetic from Arcade Dreamer, the closing track from their debut Tessier-Ashpool EP. Storm on the Isle is marked by its vintage analog synths pulses and drones, creating a longing atmosphere that would not be out of place in the soundtrack for Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Twitter: @NeonCitiesMusic
IG: Neon_Cities

Clap When Others Win | “Troutdale” Music Video by Cool Nutz

Portland Artist, Cool Nutz, Releases New Video for “Troutdale” and Premieres Latest Album at
Hip Hop DX

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“Troutdale” is an ode to jealousy and envy. Sometimes good things happening for people brings out these traits in others. Cherish and be happy for good things happening to those around you. Sometimes dope and fly things bring the Suckaz out. “Troutdale” is produced by Trox who’s catalog boasts Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Krizz Kaliko, and More. “Troutdale” is from Cool Nutz latest album, Pig Ears & Chitlins. Cool Nutz debuted the album at Hip Hop DX.

Watch Music Video for “Troutdale”


Pig Ears & Chitlins Album Available Now on iTunes, Amazon, & Spotify!

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Cool Nutz and Sway

Twitter: @CoolNutz
Instagram: CoolNutz