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Who cares if we’re at opposite ends of the earth, as long as we’re connected through music? KEXP Radio and the OFF Festival Katowice are launching a collaborative project.
The city of Seattle, in Washington state, is at the heart of alternative music. Not just because it’s home to the legendary Sub Pop Records, long-time friends of the OFF Festival, but also thanks to KEXP, a local radio station with a worldwide audience. While the internet is certainly an important factor in their global reach (KEXP pioneered online radio and remains miles ahead of other music stations), the Seattle broadcaster has also stayed true to its mission to find and promote new and interesting sounds. KEXP has helped usher many new bands onto the American scene: the recent influx of new Icelandic music is just one example.
The OFF Festival shares the same mission: to discover and showcase interesting music, with no regard for its home country or genre. That has been the festival’s modus operandi since its inception, and for our faithful audiences, it’s been a promise of the highest quality and a great adventure.
We have so much in common that the partnership between the OFF Festival and KEXP was a natural step forward for both sides. This August, at the 10th anniversary edition of the festival, for the first time ever, we will be hosting the KEXP crew as they come to Katowice to cover the event for listeners around the world and to record their famous live sessions, which will also include performances by Polish artists.
“KEXP is thrilled to partner with the OFF festival in 2015, a beautifully curated festival featuring some of the best Polish bands alongside legends like Patti Smith and Ride, and newer projects like Run the Jewels. KEXP exists to help people discover the greatest music being made. We look forward to sharing some of the amazing artists from Poland and beyond with the KEXP audience worldwide,” says KEXP program director Kevin Cole.
“It’s a great privilege to be the second European music festival, after Iceland Airways, to partner with KEXP, and it confirms my belief that we’ve been heading in the right direction for the past ten years. It’s great to continue down that road in such excellent company. But KEXP’s presence at the OFF Festival is also an enormous opportunity for Polish artists, who will have a chance to reach out from Katowice to audiences all over the world,” adds OFF Festival program director Artur Rojek.
About OFF Festival:
A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place annually in August in ‘Three Lake Valley’, Katowice – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia. OFF Festival is a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself, and the ethos of organiser Artur Rojek is firmly aimed at supporting art and music with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time.
Growing in prominence year on year with this years event promising one of the strongest line-ups to date in line with Rojek’s forward-thinking, eclectic music policy. From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to showcasing artists form the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF has inspiring music in abundance.
Over the years, OFF has amassed its own demanding yet appreciative audience who come to witness Artur Rojek’s musical vision come to fruition. Having gained and a well deserved reputation in Poland and abroad, it’s not without reason that it has been said and written that OFF is the best alternative festival in this part of Europe and the only place east of Berlin where one can catch a glimpse of the boldest and eclectic acts on stages worldwide.
As well as music, OFF features a number of accompanying events: film, art, performance and poetry. It’s also an event which keeps the environment in mind – all food and drinks come in environmentally-friendly packaging and there is a big emphasis on recycling. It’s a completely safe place, an event where diverse tastes and appearances are welcomed and where everyone is the same because everyone is different.
M.C. Records recording artist Dayna Kurtz will be interviewed this Sunday by acclaimed Rock Journalist Dave Marsh. The show will air this Sunday, April 19 on Sirius/XM channel, The Spectrum at 10AM Eastern Time.
Genre busting New Orleans singer/songwriter Dayna just released "Rise and Fall" her first set of originals in four years. On the the program Dayna performs songs from the recording and talks to Dave about her new songs and life on the road.
Check out Dayna performing the lead track,
"It's How You Hold Me"
"Rich as the darkest Godiva chocolate, the voice gets into your bones until you can barely sleep at night and can’t get through the day without it." – Paste
Rise and Fall's soul-baring songcraft and impassioned performances are the product of an extended period during which the artist experienced a series of major life changes. "These songs are the product of the last few years of my life, which were pretty heavy," Kurtz notes. "My father died. My marriage ended. I moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans. I had a couple years of wild oat-sowing, and then I found a grand new love. There's been a lot to think about and a lot to write about, and all of that is in these songs."
The long awaited video for the hit single "Love Jones" by Conceptz featuring MelodiQ made its world premiere on VEVO at Midnight EST. Conceptz an Emerging Super Star Duo from Orange County, NY has burst on the scene as one of the hottest Emerging Artist in the industry. Teamed with their Management Company, Hydra Management, they have been able to establish their brand not only in the United States but Worldwide!
In the past 6 months they have travelled extensively including performances at SOB's and Webster Hall in NY, as well as the Caribbean Edge in London, England which also featured an appearance at the hottest club in London, Club 49.
Conceptz has been promoting their single "Love Jones" which features R&B singer MelodiQ of Melo Dream Entertainment. Love Jones reached #17 on the Billboard charts and has created a buzz in the industry that no one expected. Riding a nationwide Radio Campaign, which saw the track in rotation on over two dozen FM radio stations worldwide, Satellite Radio and over 100 Internet Radio Stations, Conceptz recently travelled to Los Angeles, California to shoot the video for Love Jones.
The "Love Jones" video represents the first time the duo conceptualized their own video which was directed by Christian Strickland who has made a name for himself directing videos for many established artists in the industry including AG, Young Jeezy, Waka Flocka, Gorilla Zoe and many others.
With the Love Jones track being fresh off the Billboard Charts, the video is much anticipated. Conceptz has experienced incredible success with their three previous videos, Say What's Real, Before Rap and most recently "The Purest One" which received over 500,000 views worldwide and was featured on World Star, Vevo, MTV.Com, VladTV, iTuneyouin and reached Platinum status on Trilla TV in just 3 weeks!
Conceptz continues to travel and promote their music and brand with upcoming shows in NY, Atlanta, Dubai, San Diego and Austin, TX.
The video premiered exclusively on Vevo on April 14th and will also be featured on Bongo Boy TV, Video City TV and Trilla TV. Inquiries have already come in from MTV, VH1, N'spire, Centric, Fuse and Revolt. No doubt this video will be all over Network Television and the Internet in a very short period of time.
Look for a new single release from Conceptz to hit the charts this summer as they have just recently finished recording their newest hit "Funky 5". The video is scheduled for production in May 2015 and will be shot in New York City.
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Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and John Legend didn't happen for no reason. Despite their natural born musical talents, there are armies of professionals behind these artists helping them to make their dreams come true.
You know you are born as a singer/songwriter/musician. But you also know that you can be much more established than you already are. You have the ideas that could inspire your crowd, yet you need some professional help with optimizing and presenting those ideas.
What is it like to work with the world-class vocal coaches, the award-winning producers, and the celebrity image consultants? ArtistMax provides you an exceptional opportunity to meet these behind-the-scenes heroes and to learn from them about songwriting, music production, stage presentation and much more.
ArtistMax is a three-day artist development session which takes place on June 12-14 at the world-famous Village Studios in West Los Angeles. The GRAMMY®-winning engineer, producer and author Ken Caillat and other world-class coaches will provide the tools and the insights to help artists like you to take one step forward and to develop as professional musicians. From vocal trainings, songwriting, producing to finding the right manager, presenting yourself on the stage, talking to your audience... ArtistMax is an all-in-one help kit for artists at all levels.
If you need any further assistance on certain subject, ArtistMax also offers individual breakout sessions, which allow the instructors to go more in-depth on focusing topics, and one-on-one programs that concentrating on vocal lessons, personalized image consulting, songwriting assistance, publishing essentials and arrangement assistance.
The New Orleans-based Zone Music Reporter will stage the 11th Annual ZMR Music Awards at the Joy Theater on Saturday, May 9th. The evening's highlight will be honoring Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Peter Kater. Multiple award-winning and chart-topping artists will be on-hand to present awards to their peers, including Al Conti, Joseph Akins, Darlene Koldenhoven, and Paul Avgerinos.
New Orleans -- Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) has announced Peter Kater as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, along with an impressive lineup of presenters for its 11th Annual ZMR Music Awards, a concert and awards event at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8 pm.
The event is open to the public, welcoming music lovers from across the globe, as well as local residents who may prefer quieter music than that of the city's famous Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest events. The resonant voice of KTEP-FM's Jamey Osborne, the host of the Audiosyncracy podcast and radio show, will be the master of ceremonies for the night, which will include hours of live performances by myriad ZMR and GRAMMY® award-winning artists. See the original event announcement and images at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12542170.htm.
ZMR ( www.zonemusicreporter.com) is a New Orleans-based service company that reports music airplay and publishes monthly charts covering New Age, World, Ambient, Electronic, Solo Piano, Relaxation, Instrumental and many other genres of music. In an unprecedented announcement, ZMR owners Daryl Portier and Ben Dugas revealed the recipient of its most esteemed award of the year, Peter Kater, who will be honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, this year's guest presenters are popular and renowned award-winning artists representing a range of music genres, including Joseph Akins (A Southern Pianist), Darlene Koldenhoven (Tranquil Times), Paul Avgerinos (Bhakti), Al Conti (The Blue Rose). Two highly-respected music writers, Bill Binkelman and RJ Lannan, will join in presenting some of the awards.
Kater, who will attend the ceremonies, commented, "I'm very honored to receive this award from ZMR. ZMR provides a valuable platform for creative instrumentalists to be heard, acknowledged and inspired by their peers, the media and the national & international music community."
Kater's "angelic" vocalist and business partner, Trisha Bowden of Mysterium Music added, "Peter was speechless when I first told him. He then said he felt deeply moved by this honor. He never, ever thought he would be considered for a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has flown under the radar for so long....but he is overjoyed that ZMR has recognized his dedication to decades of following his musical muse."
Peter Kater is a multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer and a leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over 3 decades. He's received many awards and accolades for his rich and diverse music including 10 GRAMMY® Award nominations. A prolific composer, he's released over 60 critically-acclaimed recordings and has scored the music for over 100 television and film productions including 11 On- & Off-Broadway dramatic plays. From solo piano and contemporary jazz ensembles to full orchestral works, his music is heard all over the world, crossing many genres from the Olympics, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to the treatment rooms of hundreds of thousands of massage and healing practitioners. He is known for his many groundbreaking collaborations with musicians such as Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, Sting guitarist Dominic Miller and Sacred Chantress Snatam Kaur.
Also, as an avid environmentalist and humanitarian, Peter is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations. www.peterkater.com
Nominations for the genre-specific awards were announced on Sunday February 15th, and voting for category finalists opened on Monday, February 23rd. The ZMR Music Awards are a hugely popular event amongst music industry professionals. A great many recording artists, performers, radio promoters, producers and a slew of industry executives travel from all corners of the globe to attend the weekend-long celebration, which has joined with InterContinental New Orleans as its official hotel partner this year. The 2014 event was an overwhelming success, turning into a four-day triumph, and this year promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, with multiple networking and social events rounding out the weekend.
For over a decade, Zone Music Reporter has been establishing itself as the premier resource for the best in New Age, World, Electronic/Ambient and Instrumental music. New Orleans' Joy Theater has become the spiritual home of the yearly ZMR Music Awards. Winners will be announced live in New Orleans on May 9th, 2015; the awards are interspersed with live concert performances, beginning at 7:00pm. There are thirteen categories voted on by Radio Programmers and DJs this year, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Piano Solo, Best Acoustic, Best Ambient, Best Chill/Groove Album, Best World Album, and many more. For a complete list of categories and nominees, go to http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/admin/nominees.asp
Portier says it's an exciting time for both the ZMR team and the music community as a whole, adding, "Out of the hundreds of recordings released each year, very few get recognized and some will never be. We set out to change that by dedicating an entire weekend to the industry and to give these artists the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Many artists meet their fellow musicians for the first time, spontaneous collaborations occur, there's a great sense of satisfaction in knowing your art has worth and meaning to the masses. In addition, you get to see one hell of a concert."
A sampling of performances from recent ZMR Award Shows can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqm1YYmYl9tN8U3JvxXS68w
For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Daryl Portier or Ben Dugas at ZoneMusicReporter.com, 504-237-6368 (Daryl), 504-237-6367 (Ben), or email zonemusicreporter(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Event Website: http://zonemusicreporter.com/admin/Awards_show.asp
Peter Kater – www.PeterKater.com
Joseph Akins – www.Josephakins.com
Darlene Koldenhoven – www.DarleneKoldenhoven.com
Paul Avgerinos – www.roundskymusic.com
Al Conti – www.alconti.net
Zone Music Reporter, formerly New Age Reporter, is the Industry Source for radio airplay reports for a myriad of different musical styles. ZMR tracks radio airplay of both terrestrial and internet broadcast radio stations reporting their airplay from around the world. The site features a weekly broadcaster playlists, monthly airplay charts, album reviews, and annual awards as voted upon by the international programmers. ZMR is the premier Record Charting site for radio airplay reports in the New Age, World, Solo Piano, Acoustic Instrumental, Ambient, Celtic, Chill, Contemporary Instrumental, Electronic, Folk, Jazz, Meditative/Healing, Neo-Classical, Native American, Relaxation, and Instrumental genres.
During a rollingstone.com interview JD encourages artists by saying "Remember that unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. Do the very best you can." while describing his desired privacy.
JEFF DANIELS aka JD PRO BRANDING has placed content and maintains a working relationship with top media outlets such as: TMZ, Radar Online, HipHopdx, MTV, Perez Hilton, Celebuzz, fvst cash media, XXL Magazine, USA Today, SOHH, Hollywood Life, Rolling Stone Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, US Weekly, Wet Paint, Page Six (New York Post), E! News, Billboard, ESPN, OMG from Yahoo!, Power 106, AOL’s Spinner, The DailyMail (UK), AOL Blackvoices, 2DopeBoyz, Fox News, Concrete Loop, VH1, BallerStatus, News.com (Australia), Ace Showbiz, WorldStarHipHop, Playboy Magazine, Yahoo! News, DJ Booth, Hip-Hop Weekly, TheStir, …and many, many more, After an illustrious Marketing Career creating campaigns for major Domestic and Foreign Brands which include Pepsico and IBM. He has created opportunities for MaJor Recording Artists including Big Sean, Chief Keef, Kanye West, Rick ROSS, RAY J, Young Thug, Kid Kid, and many others. His talents cannot be measured. working with Warner Music Group and EMI He has gained enough notoriety to continue his work on an Independent level. Known by multiple Aliases, one thing is for sure scoutshonor45 JD PRO or even "Jorge Fernandez" a stage name He once used as a performer on the guitar, keyboard and vocals in the progressive rock band "BUSQUEDA" He will continue to guide artists and create stars for us to enjoy! one of his famous quotes has been used and reused after being originally published in TIMES magazine in the early 90s has been used by celebrities like Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. " hard work will help you build a foundation for success, but only imagination and a determined mind can live out DREAMS"
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