Fanning the Flames | “Heart on Fire” by Morrison

Electro-Rock Artist, Morrison, Releases New Single “Heart on Fire”

Heart on Fire by Morrison - BRASH! Magazine Blog(New York, NY) – Miami-based rock/pop artist Megan Morrison (aka MORRISON) bursts onto the indie music scene with her incendiary new single, “Heart on Fire.” The song is the first release from Morrison’s debut solo EP, Appetite for Freedom, set to release in Spring 2019.

Listen to “Heart on Fire”!

Morrison’s music career began at a very young age while growing up in Massachusetts. After singing in high school choirs and musicals and ranking at the top of her high school All-State competitions, she pursued a music degree from University of MA Amherst. Studying opera, she discovered she excelled at musical theatre having nabbed the lead in the musical, Cinderella. For her senior year, she moved to New York City to attend Hunter College and audition for Broadway musicals. Eventually, she began singing in rock/punk bands throughout the City where she found “her calling.” She moved to Miami in 2009 where she formed her first official band, Dorothy’s Surrender, for which she wrote all the songs influenced by her biggest inspirations: Hole, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails and Audioslave. Her second band, Revlover, formed in 2016, and had more of a folk, inspirational rock sound.

She Makes Music called Morrison’s vocals “full of rebellious attitude and a tone to back it up.” Miami New Times named Morrison one of the “Five Miami Women Artists to Watch on International Women’s Day” in March 2018, noting her five areas of expertise–a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, model, and fire dancer. Her last skill led her to guest appearances in music videos by Pitbull and Elvis Crespo and onstage with pop singer Jessie J.

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Today, Morrison has a new band for her solo project that has more of an electronic rock sound that she attributes to her favorite band, Muse. (She considers herself the female Matt Bellamy!) Be sure to look out for her new music video for the “Heart on Fire”, featuring the artist dancing with fire!

www.MeganMorrisonMusic.com
Facebook.com/MusicMeganMorrison
Twitter: @MMorrisonMusic
IG: MeganMorrisonMusic

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Business News | Longarrow Publicity

Young Entrepreneur, Trevor Perkins, Announces the Launch of Longarrow Publicity

Longarrow PublicityNashville, TN – Trevor Perkins, a well-respected young member of the music industry, has worked with many breakthrough artists throughout the country. After consideration, a decision to pursue his own path was formed. The new firm Longarrow Publicity offers a wide range of publicity services that enable him to push for a successful future for his clients.

Trevor Perkins founded the Nashville based online publication, Music Update Central with industry veteran, Jill Pavel back in 2014. Since the launch of the publication, Trevor has shared conversations with some of the country’s biggest stars in music including Walker Hayes, Jordan Davis, Phill Vassar, Kalie Shorr, and many other artists across the genres. Recently, Trevor teamed up with Cassie Lynn Wells, founder of Cassie’s Kick-Ass Country, to create an all-genre, all-female community, Music Like A Lady. Since launch in early 2018, they’ve released interviews with Stella Parton, Jenna Paulette, Lena Stone, plus many other talented artists.

www.LongarrowPublicity.com
Facebook.com/LongarrowPublicity
Twitter: @Longarrow_PR

Must Listen! | Podcast Host, Royce Gomez, Unveils Special Singer-Songwriter Series

Royce Gomez, A Renowned Podcast Host and Author, Features Nearly A Dozen Artists on Her Podcast, “Thrive: A Woman’s Journey to Victory”

Royce Talks by Royce GomezColorado Springs, CO — Royce Gomez, a renowned podcast host and author endorsed by Kevin Harrington and other celebrities for her business acumen shared in her book, “27 Secrets of Marketing: Your Ticket to Maximum Revenue,” is featuring nearly a dozen artists on her podcast, “Thrive: A Woman’s Journey to Victory.”

“Thrive: A Woman’s Journey to Victory” has strayed from featuring only females sharing their success journey to feature international singer-songwriters promoted by MTS Management Group.

The birth of “Thrive” stemmed from Royce consulting with and interviewing successful startup founders; she felt these stories deserved to be heard to inspire others. Today “Thrive” has a large audience and is heard around the U.S. 20% of the listeners hail from other English speaking countries where Royce has consulted and spoken to professional audiences. Royce Gomez has been published on Huffington Post, Small Business Expert Forum and more. For more information on Royce Gomez, visit www.RoyceTalks.com and www.CoachingWithRoyce.com.

Author/Podcast Host, Royce Gomez

Royce Gomez is a real pro and we’ve enjoyed having our artists featured on her show! — Michael Stover, President of MTS Management Group

MTS Artists being featured in the musician’s series are:
Aaron Hart, frontman for Denver glam rock band, Love Stallion
Matt Westin, Pittsburgh-based country rock artist
Heather Whitney, Texas country singer-songwriter
Jeremy Parsons, Nashville americana singer-songwriter
Ed Roman, Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Cory M. Coons, Ottawa-based melodic roots rock singer-songwriter
Across The Board, Toronto-based pop/rock band
Fitzsimon and Brogan, London-based pop/rock songwriting and production duo

Listen to the podcasts on demand at www.blogtalkradio.com/thriveawomansjourney.

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ABOUT MTS MANAGEMENT GROUP
Founded in 2010 by Award-winning songwriter, musician and producer, Michael Stover. A music industry veteran of over 30 years, Michael is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree specializing in the Music and Video business. Michael has used that education to gain a wealth of experience within the industry: from retail music manager and DJ, to two-time Billboard Magazine Contest winning songwriter, performer and chart-topping producer, and finally, award-winning artist manager, publicist, promoter and label president. In just 8 years, MTS Records has released 33 Top 40 New Music Weekly country chart singles, including TWELVE #1s and 8 Top 85 Music Row chart singles. MTS has also promoted 8 Top 25 itunes chart singles, including 3 Top 5s and a #1! Michael has written columns featured in Hypebot, Music Think Tank, and Fair Play Country Music, among others.

Michael has managed and/or promoted artists and events from the United States, UK, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Australia and Sweden, making MTS a truly international company. www.mtsmanagementgroup.com.

Indie Music News | BMG Acquires Indie Hip-Hop Label RBC Records

BMG Acquires Independent Hip-Hop Label RBC Records, Home of Chief Keef, Flippa, Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and The Gucci Mane Catalog

BMG, new music model - BRASH! Magazine BlogLos Angeles, CA  – BMG has announced the acquisition of Los Angeles-based independent hip-hop/rap label RBC Records (RBC). Launched in 2002, the label is home to a number of prolific and influential artists including Chief Keef, Flippa (aka Skippa Da Flippa), Waka Flocka Flame, Big L, and Gucci Mane, whose catalog sits alongside more than 500 label releases having sold millions of records worldwide.

The first acquisition of a label by BMG since it acquired Nashville powerhouse BBR Music Group (Broken Bow Records, Wheelhouse Records, Stoney Creek Records) in February 2017, RBC joins BMG’s recording operations in Los Angeles and New York, together with Rise Records in Portland, OR, and S-Curve Records in New York City.

The deal continues to amplify BMG’s position in the hip-hop market following the recent string of successes from Big K.R.I.T. (4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time), Scarface (Deeply Rooted), and releases from Commission Music artists Lil Dicky (US and UK chart-topping, 2X Platinum single ‘Freaky Friday’), MadeinTYO (Platinum single ‘Skateboard P’), and newcomer Derez De’Shon (Platinum single ‘Hardaway’).

Founded by partners Brian Shafton and Ben Grossi, RBC is an independent rap/hip-hop label and artist services company specializing in digital marketing and distribution. Offering artists and independent labels distribution, product management, sales, marketing, publicity, radio and video promotion, and creative-services consulting to artists and management, RBC is a full-service label alternative.

RBC’s existing team, who are based in Los Angeles, will remain in their positions and continue to report to Shafton, with Shafton reporting to BMG’s EVP, Recorded Music, Tom ‘Grover’ Biery.

Over the years, RBC has released hundreds of projects from artists such as Tech N9ne, E-40, Run the Jewels, Goldlink, and Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

The first projects slated for release include new music from Chief Keef and Flippa, with more to be announced soon.

Zach Katz, President, Marketing & Repertoire, BMG US, said, “We have an incredible amount of admiration for what Brian has been able to build and achieve independently and are very excited about what we can now go on to grow together. The RBC team brings a wealth of experience, an extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit, an unrivalled network and a great track record of success. Put that together with BMG’s scale and ability to deliver and I think you have something very special.”

Said Shafton, “BMG respects our history, took notice of our immense growth over the past couple of years, and most importantly, are fully invested in our future. We love BMG’s vision, team, and infrastructure. By joining forces, RBC will gain tremendous synergies that will allow us unbridled growth. I am so excited about this partnership and know that it will propel us into the future.”

Said Grossi, “BMG understands the intrinsic value and experience RBC brings in its more than 16-year history in the hip-hop/rap game and BMG possesses a formidable machine to complement it. The depth and scale of what BMG brings to the table will allow RBC to achieve new heights.”

About BMG
BMG is the new model music company founded by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. Key to its innovative approach is the fact it represents the traditionally separate music publishing and recording rights off the same state-of-the-art platform internationally. BMG is already the world’s fourth biggest music publisher and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades. BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 15 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 2.5m songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach. BMG is owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, which also includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. With its multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income, BMG aims to be the best company in music to do business with.

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Twitter: @BMG_US

Banger After Banger | No Service Album by Griff Queso

Inglewood’s Griff Queso Releases NEW Sophomore Album No Service

No Service Album by Griff Queso

California is in the spotlight again following the release of Inglewood’s own Griff Queso’s latest album No Service. The rapper’s sophomore project comes just a year after the success of his debut EP Passion. With Executive production credited to Wall Street Crooks, and engineering to rising star Enimal, it’s no question as to why the album is comprised of banger after banger.

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No Service is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, and other major digital retailers!

Hip Hop Artist, Griff QuesoAbout Griff Queso
Griff Queso is a 24 year old rapper from Inglewood, California. After being inspired at an early age by poetry, Queso first stepped into a recording studio in middle school. The young artist was inspired by Drake, and Kanye West while working to develop his own sound. His first project “Passion” was an example of his ability to capture the listener with his talent to display raw emotion on records. As a further developed artist, Griff Queso is out to make his mark in the industry, and engrave his name on the wall of Hip-Hop Culture.

Facebook.com/GriffQ
Twitter: @GriffQueso
IG: GriffQueso
SoundCloud.com/GriffQueso

Week8 | 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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Kids in America by ofVerona - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: of Verona
Track: “Kids in America”
Kim Wilde’s 1981 debut single, “Kids in America” entertains the conjecture of a darker time, with alt pop/electro soul, three piece of Verona. The seminal 80s hit recast a wide sonic vessel of creeping ambients and melody in murmur; lead singer Mandi Perkins’ poring rendition, struts and frets her 3 minutes 36 seconds upon the band’s expertly crafted stage. Full of percussive sound and distant fury, much of Dillion Pace’s instrumentation deftly shrouded by EQ and set deep in layers of reverb. The pride, pomp and circumstance of Jeff Sojka’s glorious drum work, adds drama and depth to the mini pop odyssey. With many an pop act keeping it on the down low, the sheer cinematic scale and epic overtones of the LA based trio’s music, makes for an inspiring, if at times almost overwhelming listening experience. Set speakers Olympus high! Cry havoc and press play! “We’re the kids in America! We’re the kids in America! Everybody live for the music-go-round!”. Our revels now are ended.

www.ofVerona.com
Facebook.com/ofVerona
Twitter: @ofVerona
IG: ofVerona

 

Tanners EP -BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Tanners
Track: “This Crazy”
New York based artist/songwriter Tanners drops a 3 minute 58 second slice of alt pop/psychedelic dream pop and cautionary snapshot, with new single “This Crazy”. Short percussive bass riffs partner a drum kit, set roomy; the rhythmic pair driving the song in a shuffled series of darting stabs and rolls. Synthpopped electro hooks and shifting synthsonics, modulated ambient envelop the track, providing width and depth. Tanners vocals are clear and bright, with a soulful hush, emphasized by well worked reverb. The young Artist’s lyrics, ideas and memories flow in an intuitive rush of singalong melodies and percussive turns; engaging in their haste, as Tanners relives and reveals the great waste of indulgent/destructive youth. Part confessional, part conversational, part art rock, part chartpop, “This Crazy” is an accomplished blend of contrasting musical influences, that strikes a compelling balance between art and entertainment; and places its author at the heart of a growing movement of young women, intent on bringing intelligent, challenging, socially and artistically relevant pop back to our much devalued charts. Tanners is very much an artist on the up…whoever she might be.

Facebook.com/WhoisTanners
Twitter: @WhoisTanners
IG: WhoisTanners

 

Kaua E Mate Wheke by soccerpractise - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: SoccerPractise
Track: “Kaua E Mate Wheke”
Skip hop, trip electro, alt pop, four piece, SoccerPractise concoct a b*tches brew of simmering grooves, spiraled phrasing, and blue note inflections, with new single, “Kaua E Mate Wheke”. The heady mix of contrasting musical influences, shift like liquid, in layered depths, upon the stuttered and snapped, syncopated beat. Loop, sample and instrument, twist, turn and tiptoe in the sonic melting pot. Metallic shards sound percussive left/right; evocative of the experimental film soundtracks, belonging to 70s B-Movies, such as Tobe Hooper’s infamous flawed masterpiece, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (1974). The willfully unsettling instrumentation is grounded and given soul, by talented lead singer Geneva Alexander-Marsters’ quietly compelling, conversational vocal style and her use of te reo; the warm, open phonetics of the Maori language, bringing a rich, earthy weight to the hazy glissé of the quartet’s expansive musical expression. Ill-formed awesome, imperfect splendid, “Kaua E Mate Wheke” is an inspiring 3 minute 42 second slice of explorative art pop, extraordinary. Newly signed to Kartel Music Group, the New Zealand based group promise an ongoing musical journey, rich in possibility and improbability.

Facebook.com/SoccerPractise
Twitter: @SoccerPractise
IG: SoccerPractise

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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.

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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.

Facebook.com/TheMonsterThread
Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week5 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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


Horrorscope by Jack WattsArtist: Jack Watts
Track: “Horrorscope”
Ambient soundscapes, shattered memories guised audio snapshot, blunted bass sonics and lofi-ed beats, shuffled to Motown seasoned syncopation, makes for the alt pop, electro experimental, canvas on which singer songwriter Jack Watts paints his latest release, the kaleidoscopic, helter skelter-ed, “Horrorscope”. Jack Watt’s soulful voice carries the lyrics gentle, in well worked, strained phrasing that compels, in quiet surges of emotion, as it flexes to breaking point ; accompanying harmonies add depth and warmth, but also contrasting disturbance and uneasy melancholy. The scattered shifting sonicscape works the stereo field in criss-crossing breaths ; sudden snatches of aural agony burst, breaking open the well crafted melodic flow. A jazz infused crescendo groove tops the track off, in a surprising turn of pace. Inspired as it is odd, delightful as it is disquieting, “Horrorscope” stands apart. Jack Watts is very much one to keep on ear on. ..if only to hear what he’ll dare to do next.

Facebook.com/JackWattsMusic
Twitter: @JackWattsMusic
IG: JackWattsMusic

X_ARI_KINGDOMS_FALLArtist: X.ARI
Track: Kingdoms Fall (DIS-ORDER EP)
Canadian born, LA based, bittersweet alt electro pop artist, X.ARI follows up on quick fire release, the dancefloor moving, Bimbo Jones remix of “Stay v Go”, with her much anticipated second EP, DIS-ORDER. Delayed two months, the hardworking songwriter left with no choice, but to take a well overdue break, the six track collection and creator, are perhaps best summed up by the conflicted beauty of opening title, ‘Kingdoms Fall’. Stadium filling singalong pop anthem, heartbreaking in their melodic elegance, sit oddly against FX drenched, percussive lyric riffs ; lofi stuttered bit blunted beats, are swallowed up by pitch drops cascading in rhythmic waves ; X.ARI’s words cast infinite in feedback washed delays, or plunged into unfathomable depths of reverb. The experience for the listener, akin to being caught in a sonic maelstrom, as X.ARI struggles to reconcile two great opposing forces ; her striking talent for crafting powerful chart conquering choruses, versus the delicate introspect, fragility and darkness of her lyrical world. And yet, it is through this act of struggling, X.ARI’s work excels ; the point of violent convergence, a vital spark that infuses her music with a bright light. Very much a star in ascendance, we can only hope that X.ARI’s inspiring artistic struggle does not come at the expense of her own health, as she turns her pain into our power.

*Kingdoms Fall will be released officially as a single on August 3rd. BRASH! makes no apologies for being ahead of the game 😉

Facebook.com/xARIofficial
Twitter: @xARIofficial
IG: xARIofficial

JON MAGNUSSON - ARTWORKArtist: Jon Magnusson
Track: “Sweetest Thing”
It’s been a busy year for Swedish singer songwriter Jon Magnusson, having already released his second EP, Always a Rebel and a string of supporting remixes, newly released, “Acoustic Dreams” retains the Independent Artist’s trademark mix of influences, ranging from punk to folk, metal to electro ; but in doing so, conjures an intoxicating nostalgia and a dreamlike sense of emotional place and time. Beautifully worked reverb and carefully, consistent use of panning and processing give the EP a binded together feel, rare in modern ‘multi producer / mixer’ releases ; providing a subtle frame in which to present, Jon’s talent for original arrangement and intuitive musical timing. The finger picked rendition of Stockholm based Indietronica duet, Almost Honey’s, “Sweetest Thing”, is an inspired blend of counterpointed arpeggios, wistful backing vocals and sweeping, intricate string accompaniment. With a growing canon of impressive musical works, Jon is steadily becoming an Artist of considerable integrity and depth. A storyteller who stands favorable compare with likes of Dylan, Petty and Springsteen.

Facebook.com/Jon.Magnusson3
Twitter: @JonMagnussonof
IG: JonMagnussonof

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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.

Showreel 
Facebook.com/TobiProducer
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.

Facebook.com/TheMonsterThread
Twitter: @MonsterThread