As of June 2013, Both albums will be available on itunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.
In this day and age to progress, and to achieve success as a musician, means to experiment and make music that anyone and everyone can enjoy. Stephan Cohen, artist name STEPHAN, truly embodies the modern day artist. His material transcends any preconceived genre restrictions .The ability to dissect genres and infuse sounds, rhythms, lyrics, and melodies from a plethora of musical styles in order to accomplish one single product that can be loved and received by the masses is what separates an average artist, from a superstar; based on what we have heard from STEPHAN, no one does it better than this young up and comer.
Hailing from sunny Miami Beach, one of the true melting pots of the world, STEPHAN allows his French and Colombian roots to shine through while delivering Hip Hop lyrics reminiscent of classic east coast Hip Hop. His strong ties to the ocean and Surfing are absorbed by the sounds and lyrics in his music, making for a truly unique listening experience. Over the past year STEPHAN has been hard at work, putting out four mix tapes and releasing his first official music video entitled “Surf Rap Life”. His intense productivity and commitment to his music is paying off; the first video received over 100k views in the first month alone. STEPHAN has been earning serious praise from both industry professionals and music fans alike, and his new single “PARADISE” is heralded to be one of the more influential new singles from the world of independent Hip Hop. Young, Fun, and Handsome, expect to see big things STEPHAN, who has plans to release an EP, an album, and tour nationally by the end of 2014.
Seattle novelty band MONKEYSHORTS present their debut album aptly titled Day View Owl Bum featuring Nine Inch Nails “Closer” and many humorous originals now in record stores across America, on iTunes & Amazon.
MONKEYSHORTS formed with the single desire to inspire the masses with their well-produced, fun songs. The band’s catch-phrase is “Novel tunes for novel times…” Their music ranges from folk to rock, traversing through many musical genres. The sound is truly an eclectic folk-punk extravaganza of catchy tunes as the band claims. Their debut album Day View Owl Bum was recorded at the historic London Bridge Studio in Seattle and included twenty-two musicians in total. The core band members are King Masaabuu (vocals), Patter (guitar, vocals), and Patches (guitar, engineer) on Day View Owl Bum with DJ Stephen (bass, keys, beat box) playing on the record and officially joining since. Day View Owl Bum will be in record stores across America as of October 2013 and is already available on iTunes, Amazon, and MONKEYSHORTS.com, the band’s official website. Be sure to check out their cover of Nine Inch Nails “Closer” and their many clever originals with titles like “Platypus”, “Tickle My Toes”, “Dinky” and more…
| Website | YouTube | Facebook | There is a new shooter in the saxophone ranks of modern jazz and his name is Shlomi Cohen. This Tel-Aviv born saxophone phenom currently resides in the jazz Mecca that is New York City and has just released Breather. This stunning digital only recording is a contemporary post modern riff that masterfully fuses Cohen’s Middle Eastern roots with the form and functionality of improvisational music we know as jazz in the United States. Shlomi Cohen elevates what would normally be considered world music into a far more accessible place than previous artists. Cohen does an imaginative spin on his own cultural base and flips it into a hybrid that is the embodiment of blues, R&B, traditional jazz and the deceptively subtle nuances that are his Moroccan and Israeli DNA. Breather is a lyrical mosaic, colors and textures you can hear. Cohen walks a harmonic tightrope with the grace and fluidity of a Michael Brecker and the biting attack of a David Sanborn but all while demonstrating one of the most refreshing saxophone voices to come along in a decade! The transformation of this incredibly imaginative music into a new and highly evocative art form is stunning. There are artists residing in Eastern Europe that perform with a deep identifiable cultural base but you would be hard pressed to find any artist born outside of the United States that has so artistically opened up his own heritage to an entirely new audience. One listen to Breather and it would be apparent to the most discerning of fans that Shlomi Cohen is on the cutting edge, a saxophonist poised for great things and one of the rising stars of the future. Shlomi Cohen is indeed an artist whose musical stock is an arrow pointing straight up.
Independent of a label, Bloom launched a Kickstarter.com project last Wednesday, with the goal of raising enough money to produce their second full-length album. Surprisingly, within just 32 and 1/2 hours, the project was 100% funded by the popular crowd-sourcing website that continues to redefine how creative projects get launched into the world.
“The response was overwhelming!” said band founder, Joshua Voiles. “We knew we had fans – but with this sort of support it really threw us into ‘scramble mode’ to come-up with stretch goals that allow us to expand on our vision of increasing world awesome – including going on our first tour!”
But this isn’t the first time Bloom has experienced such surprising support. In 2010, when they launched their debut album, Photosynthesis, they were shocked when hundreds of copies of the album were sold within just a few days – with zero support from any record labels and with no advertising whatsoever.
On the heels of this flurry of album sales, they were offered to have their music featured in the wildly popular video game franchise, Rock Band, as one of the very first songs on the Rock Band 3 video game network to feature PRO keys.
As Bloom launched more music and videos into the world, they started getting attention from mini and mega-celebrities alike. The guitarist, Joshua Voiles, got one of his videos watched, shared, and commented on by the top-grossing actor, Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan), as well as Jim Sturgess (21, Cloud Atlas).
Bloom has also had music videos shared by the musician and YouTube celebrity Alex Day, and the online video entrepreneur Hank Green. All of this attention has resulted in Bloom beginning to achieve that which they initially set out to do – make this world brighter and better.
“We have all gotten countless messages and letters from fans expressing the deep impact Bloom has made in their lives” mentioned Jeremy Finlay, singer and pianist for the group. “In fact, in several cases, the fans have claimed that Bloom had quite literally saved their lives – relieving them from the tempting grasp of suicide” added Wally Allred (bassist).
“That’s really why we do what we do. We seek to create music that truly moves people, and inspires them to learn, grow, and to be their very best selves. It’s a lofty, if not romantic endeavor, but it’s what keeps us up at night and keeps us working hard in a dying industry that doesn’t readily reward substance and heart,” concluded Mari Voiles, drummer for the young band.