May 31, 2024 melodicmuse

Interview: Miss Storm

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

I honestly cannot recall having the same dream more than once.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?

I believe everyone should move away from their Hometown even if it’s a few cities away at least once to experience what it’s like to explore new people places and things.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

When I’m not in the studio creating I’m listening to Cleo Sol and Masego they are both phenomenal artists.

What is one book that changed your life?

7 Highly Effective Habbits by Stephen Covey I apply alot from that book to my business and day to day life.

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?

I Like alkaline water, Minute Maid strawberry lemonade, and if it’s a special occasion I enjoy Coconut Rum

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

The day I had my 1st child was one of the most miraculous days of my life

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?
I want to go explore Egypt the Giza Pyramid and the Nile River in Africa

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

Oroe “Storm” Monroe from the Xmen of course She is my absolute favorite.

How would you like people to remember you?
For being a woman of integrity a beacon of light and inspiration

May 31, 2024 melodicmuse

Interview: Kicknut

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

Fascinating question—being ocean obsessed, i’m constantly having rogue wave dreams, tsunami type dreams, but they are always massive wedging monsters bearing down on a social oceanfront scene—and yer evaluating lifesaving moments before you wake up in a tumbleweed panic

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should
undergo at least once?

Being self employed. It’s a gift. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. I can’t imagine working for one boss. Rather have 30 different bosses. I do what I want.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

Never ending, Here are the last artists that have been listened to according to Spotify: Willow, KNOWER, Casual Male, Abby Payne, The Chillest, Mrs Smith, Meshuggah, Dua Lipa, Talking Heads, Metric, Olivia Rodrigo, Jay-Z, Gabby Pahinui

What is one book that changed your life?

Sex At Dawn—Christopher Ryan. Would there be any rockstars if sex was free99?

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?

Vanilla Milkshake. I don’t think anyone in Kicknut really drinks, cause we ain’t sukaz, fuka.

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.

Every wedding band meal. There is a special rating system just for wedding food. it’s just way lower than real food. We enjoy over cooked, hella salty chicken.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least
enjoyable?

Dealing with westchester helicopter parents that are square af, while teaching music lessons. They ain’t all bad, but sometimes they are the scum of humanity—it’s a class war and I know the rich people we have to eat first. (Aerosmith song reference..)

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

Surfing this AM, dominating 97 street to 102 jetty—waves were waist to chest, firing and clean winds. Had the tanker out. Dominated.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination
be?

Hawaii. Always and forever. Magical healing place.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

Quaid, Total Recall, 1990. Is he good or bad—–

How would you like people to remember you?

i’d like to not remember and carry on living their life.

May 31, 2024 melodicmuse

Owen Riegling Releases His Debut EP “Bruce County”

rising country singer-songwriter, Owen Riegling, hailing from Mildmay in Southwestern Ontario, releases his highly anticipated debut EP, aptly titled Bruce County via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The EP features four tracks recorded in Nashville and produced by Brad Hill (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Brett Young) with two original songs penned by Owen himself, and two co-written with Jesse Slack, Darly Scott, and Dave Sampson. Bruce County unfolds as a collection of songs, each offering different perspectives of the community and the people while encapsulating the overall vibe and essence of rural life and family roots.

In addition to the two tracks released, Platinum-certified hit single “Old Dirt Roads” peaking at #2 at Canadian Country radio and fan favourite “Bud Light The Way”, Bruce County delivers two versions of the swampy country song “Dan” celebrating the small-town blue-collar worker and the country-rock anthem “Moonshines” honouring family roots featuring a dynamic blend of guitars, banjo and steel guitar riffs guaranteed to have listeners stomping their feet. The official visualizer is also out today, directed by frequent collaborator, Connor Scheffler (Brett Kissel, Billy Talent).

WATCH OFFICIAL VISUALIZER FOR “MOONSHINES”BELOW

Owen shares, “I’m so excited that my debut EP, Bruce County, is finally out. I’m pretty damn proud of my roots. Bruce County is as much a part of me as my last name. These songs mean a lot to me, they tell the story of where I’m from, how I was raised and make me feel right at home. This EP offers a glimpse of more to come from my music.”

After winning the 2022 Emerging Artists Showcase at the Canadian country music mega-fest Boots & Hearts, Owen signed his record deal with Universal Music Canada. Owen’s growing discography includes debut single “Love (The Sweater Song)”, and the Platinum-certified radio hit “Old Dirt Roads”. Owen wrapped 2023 as Apple Music’s UpNext Program and kicked off 2024 selected as Spotify’s Hot Country Artists To Watch and Amazon Canada’s Breakthrough Artists to Watch 2024. With over 55 million global streams, it is clear Owen is maintaining his unstoppable pace and making his mark on the music industry. The EP, Bruce County, offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for Owen as a Country artist. Touring alongside country stars like Tyler Hubbard, Chase Rice to headlining his own small-town tour across Canada, The Buckle Up Tour in partnership with Bud Light Canada, Owen continues to hit the stage with several festival dates, including Calgary Stampede, Cavendish, LASSO and recently performed Stagecoach in California. For tickets and a full list of dates, please visit www.owenriegling.com/#tour.
Stay tuned for more in 2024!

Bruce County Tracklisting:
Moonshines
Dan
Bud Light The Way
Old Dirt Roads
Dan (Single Version)

May 30, 2024 melodicmuse

Interview: Dan Maguire

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

It doesn’t happen often, but I sometimes have a dream that I’m back in college. I’m the age I am now, I am aware that I can’t believe I’m in college, but I have a test coming, and I am completely unprepared.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?

Work in a restaurant, or retail in general. Learn quickly how to handle heat, deescalate tension and problem solve.
Practice saying yes to anything adventurous or outside your comfort zone that comes your way if you can make time for it. Yes and no are habits. In this context, yes is a good habit.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

Years ago, I made a Kimbra station on Pandora. From the beginning, I started filtering out anyone I was already familiar with, and any male singers. I wanted the algorithms to send me female projects that came from a Kimbra construct. It’s a great station. I listen to it often when I run.

What is one book that changed your life?

The Count of Monte Cristo. It is incredible.

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?

An ice-cold bottle of Miller High Life.

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.

That dinner starts with The Clash. Combat Rock is responsible for the lightning strike moment when I was a kid and saw Rock The Casbah. MTV was brand new, and my friend and I rode bikes to his house after school so we could check it out. I saw Billy Idol’s White Wedding, and then Rock The Casbah. I remember thinking, “These are the coolest guys in the entire world, and I want to be just like them.”
Fast forward many years, I’m with my parents where they were now living in Virginia. This was days before my father passed. I was in the basement of their house looking at old pictures. I’d been in this house many times. I opened a box I didn’t remember seeing before that had a stack of old vinyl inside. In that stack I found my Police, Men At Work and so many other of my old albums. Then, I saw The Clash Combat Rock! The one I had bought. I was dumbstruck. My parents had saved these.
I went upstairs with the records and told them the story of what The Clash meant to me. My Dad got to hear that before he passed away.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

When I was in college, and had very little money, I saw an ad in the paper for Telemarketing, from 6-9 pm. It was very close to campus. I had no idea what it was, but I thought I could pick up a little cash, and still get back to any party before I missed anything. It was awful, and I was so happy when I got fired after an hour.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

I have had a lot of these. Every time Rebecca (my wife) and I met each of our three kids for the first time top the list.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?

Costa Rica. It is paradise.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

When I was a kid, Spiderman. And Tobey Maguire was a perfect Peter Parker.

As an adult, Denzel Washington in The Equalizer.

How would you like people to remember you?

That I was aware of the silent battle each of us is quietly fighting.

May 30, 2024 melodicmuse

Interview: Derwin Daniels

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

Yes, I used to be a firefighter and I’ve dreamed a few times that I was at a fire scene. Other dreams are way out there floating in air. 

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once? 

Traveling out of your country or safe zone is essential. You then realize we are all on the same planet and need to respect each other. We all have the same needs essentially. 

What’s currently playing in your ears? 

I’m listening to horn sections like Chicago or Stevie Wonder that are isolated. I love hearing the sections blend on the recordings. 

 What is one book that changed your life? 

Isabel Wilkerson, “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Great read to understand the great migration here in the US. 

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose? 

Scotch and soda with a twist of lime. Gets me every time. 

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you. 

Our 10-year wedding anniversary I hired a chef to come to the house and prepare me and my wife a meal. I also hired a piano player to perform dinner music. I told her we were going out and to dress up. She had no idea I had this set up. We had a 5 course meal and danced to the music of the piano player. I was the “man” for a couple of days.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

I’ve worked in several arenas and one place, (I won’t mention the name) did very necessary work. The upper staff were mostly from the US military and ran the operation as such with intimidation. I think it could have been much more enjoyable without the unnecessary stressors. 

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life. 

Witnessing the birth of my children. I just couldn’t choose one day. 

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be? 

I’d go to Ghana, West Africa. I’ve traveled there before about 20 years ago and I’d like to visit to see what’s happening there now. 

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero? 

The hulk! I love the transformation when he’s upset. 

How would you like people to remember you? 

I’d like people to remember me as kind, giving and fair.

May 30, 2024 melodicmuse

Interview: Pete Schlegel

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

No not really.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?

Having children, finding their soul mate.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

I listen to talk radio some, on road trips Willies Roadhouse or some Classic Rock!

What is one book that changed your life?

I can’t think of any, I guess I would say I am not an avid reader

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?

I guess it would depend? Coke, Beers, Vodka?

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.

Family dinners!! Grandmas house for holidays!

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

I have seen people in terrible life events with prior careers. It is terrible when you have to tell someone a loved one has passed away.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

Having my children, spending time with my wife.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?

Maybe California to see family.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

Not into fictional hero’s but I did like the character in the series Reacher.

How would you like people to remember you?

Not so much remember me, but how I made them feel. Hopefully I always made them feel good, safe and loved!

May 30, 2024 melodicmuse

SHENSEEA RELEASES NEVER GETS LATE HERE ALBUM FT. ANITTA, WIZKID & MORE

GRAMMY-nominated, chart-topping Jamaican artist, Shenseea has released her sophomore album, Never Gets Late Here via Rich Immigrants/Interscope Records/Universal Music Canada. Featuring special guest features such as Wizkid, Coi Leray, Anitta, Masicka and Di Genius, the album is a kaleidoscope of rhythms and genre crossing music further reinforcing Shenseea’s signature sound.

Listen to the album below.

Speaking on the making of her sophomore album, Shenseea shares: “This album was curated with timeless records that appeal to many cultures. Still maintaining my Jamaican authenticity, I infused my affinity for other genres such as Pop and R&B. My fans will find summer anthems and songs to bring them motivation, joy and inspiration. I’m excited to share this with the world!”
Executive produced by chart-topping hip-hop producer London on Da Track, Shenseea masterfully blends deejaying and dancehall patterns with hip hop, R&B and pop elements across the fourteen tracks. The album kicks off with a stirring ballad “Face Lift” showcasing Shenseea’s powerhouse vocals, balancing out her quickfire patois on tracks like “Hit & Run,” Tap Out,” and “Na Na.” Shenseea then recruits Brazilian megastar Anitta on “Red Flag” for a summer ready anthem while the Wizkid-featured track “Work Me Out” is a glossy, R&B production with an insatiable hook closing out the brilliant new album.
Across the fourteen tracks, Shenseea proves the strength of her songwriting and ability to create pockets of infectious melodies resulting in a truly unique body of work. For full tracklisting please see below:

Shenseea — Never Gets Late Here Album Tracklist
Face Lift (Intro)
Hit & Run ft. Masicka & Di Genius
Tap Out
Neva Neva
Die For You
Keep A Place
Dolla
Loyalty
Flava ft. Coi Leray
NaNa
Red Flag ft. Anitta
Stars
Heaven On Earth
Work Me Out ft. Wizkid

Celebrating the release of Never Gets Late Here, Shenseea also treated fans to the official video for new track “Flava” featuring Coi Leray. The video, shot in Kingston, Jamaica, during carnival season is out now: https://shenseea.lnk.to/Flavavideo

May 29, 2024 melodicmuse

Interview: Eric Devries

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

I remember a dream from when I was younger. I used to dream I had to get away from someone or some situation and my legs wouldn’t work. It felt like walking in slow motion when I knew I could run faster. That was scary. Glad I don’t dream that anymore

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?

I think it’s good to travel when you’re young. To not being able to rely on people or institutions that you’ve grown up in but to see what you’re worth on your own.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

Ah, I have a new single out that I’m promoting so I’m hearing that a lot at the moment. It’s called ‘Shadow of a Man’.


What is one book that changed your life?

I guess that would be Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. Or anything by Salinger really. Although live changing is a bit much.

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?
A cup of tea, please.

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you

I once ate escargots during a holiday in France, I don’t know why this springs to mind? I became a vegetarian not much later I guess. I’ve had so many dinners since then. I remember eating Thai food and accidentally eating a really spicy pepper and I grabbed the beer of my companion to try to put out the fire. Or having dinner with my wife right on the beach in Greece. That’s a good one.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

I am not good in hiding how I feel about things, not a good actor I’m afraid. To play music and to perform is something I do with a passion. So if I don’t like the music I can’t really act as if I do. I’m glad to say I haven’t been in those situations often. Another aspect is when people tend to talk through the music. I hosted a singer ;songwriter concert series in The Netherlands and I have had to tell people to either shut up or just leave. Not too often but still..

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

Gee, I’d say that was the day I married. That was not that long ago, seven years now but I’m a happy man obviously. We are talking about the most joy aren’t we? It makes me think of Paul McCartney’s ‘Silly Love Songs’ but what’s wrong with that eh? Other than that, every release of a new album brings joy as well. And guess what? There’s a new album due for release in September, folks!

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?

Somewhere nice obviously. I had some good times in Oklahoma on tour. Or the U.K. Or Greece, a particular small island springs to mind but I’m not telling you or everybody’d go there. Do some reading and writing probably. But at the end of the day I can really enjoy staying at home.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

On the new album is a song about the heroine in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ the story by Truman Capote. The song is called ‘Miss Holly Golightly’ but she’s more of a muse in the song. So I guess my hero would be Holden Caulfield. (Catcher In The Rye). I must have read it a couple of times when I was in my teens.

How would you like people to remember you?
As a singer songwriter, writing his own in a tradition of those that went before. A storyteller maybe. As a guy from Amsterdam with a sense of humor, as a father, as a husband. I’d have loved to be a football player but that dream went when I learned to play guitar. But that’s me joking again.

May 29, 2024 melodicmuse

STEPHEN MARLEY ANNOUNCES A NEW “OLD SOUL” REMIX FOR JUNE 7TH RELEASE

Stephen Marley, the acclaimed 8x GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, announces the release of a new remix of his single “Old Soul,” the title track of his latest critically- acclaimed album by DJ Delano of Renaissance Disco titled (DJ Delano Renaissance Santa Barbara Mix). The remix also features a sample of the classic ‘Santa Barbara’ riddim created by the legendary Grammy Award-winning Jamaican drummer, Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie).

The new “Old Soul” remix release coincides with the resumption of the second leg pf Stephen’s Old Soul Tour (Unplugged) dates starting this Saturday, May 25th at the Cali Roots Festival in Monterey, California with his brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Both the remix and tour are a continuation of Stephen Marley’s support of his landmark album Old Soulthat was released last fall

.”I was invited to play at Stephen Marley’s daughter’s wedding reception and wanted to play “Old Soul,” my favorite song from the album, while people were dancing. I decided to drop a riddim on the spot to create a remix doing it live. They loved the mix and vibe from ‘the remix king” and this how the remix came about.” shared DJ Delano of Renaissance Disco.

STEPHEN MARLEY
OLD SOUL TOUR UNPLUGGED
TOUR DATES RESUME THIS WEEK

A special acoustic set accompanied by guitars, flute and percussion featuring songs off his new album Old Soul + plus selections from his entire catalog and Bob Marley classics!

5.25 Monterey, CA @calirootsfest”
5.26 Napa Valley, CA @bottlerocknapa
5.27 Menlo Park, CA @guildtheatre
5.30 St. Louis, MO @thehawthornstl
6.1 Virginia Beach, VA @pointbreakfestival
6.3 Cedar Rapids, IA @mcgrathamphitheatre*
6.5 Green Bay, WI @epicgreenbay*
6.6 Madison, WI @thesylvee*
6.7 Plymouth, MN @liveatthehilde*
6.8 Kansas City, MO @kcliveblock*
6.11 Omaha, NE @steelhouseomaha*
6.13 Cincinnati, OH @riverfrontlivecincy*
6.14 Indianapolis, IN @everwiseampwrsp*
6.16 Cleveland, OH @cain_park*
6.18 Middlefield, CT @powderridgepark*
6.19 Deerfield, MA @treehousebrewco*
6.20 Kingston, NY @huttonbrickyards*
6.21 Grantville, PA @hollywoodpnrc*
6.22 Lafayette, NY @beakandskiff*
6.28 Morrison, CO @redrocksco^
6.29 Jackson, WY @snowkingmountain
8.04 Los Angeles, CA @hollywoodbowl”
*with Michael Franti
^Red Rocks with Damian Marley & Colorado Symphony

  • Burning Spear
    “Cali Roots Fest and Hollywood Bowl with Damian Marley
May 28, 2024 melodicmuse

Lilise Dives Deep with New Track “Swimming”

Rising UK pop sensation Lilise makes waves with her latest single, “Swimming”, a captivating track that blends introspective lyrics with an exuberant pop sound. Known for her soulful storytelling and precocious talent, Lilise’s music has been making a significant impact on the UK pop scene.

“Swimming” continues to showcase Lilise’s unique sound—a fusion of pop with hints of folk and Americana. The track delves into the struggles of impostor syndrome and the pervasive feeling of never being good enough in social situations. Despite its melancholic undertones, “Swimming” carries an optimistic message of hope and resilience, making it a perfect anthem for those navigating similar emotional waters.

Reflecting on the song, she shares “Swimming is based on impostor syndrome and never feeling good enough in social situations. Struggling to fit in is a very common feeling. Throughout this song, I aim to highlight that this situation can feel very isolating, while I also demonstrate an element of hopefulness for the future; a belief that things will get better.”

Since launching her debut single, “Sweeter than Poison”, in September 2023, followed by her self-titled EP in January 2024, Lilise has quickly garnered a dedicated following. Her music has amassed over 50,000 streams on Spotify, received glowing press coverage, and led to live performances at prestigious venues such as The Camden Club and The Bedford. Her first festival appearance at Country on the Coast in April 2024 marked a significant milestone in her burgeoning career.

Balancing her music career with her A-Level studies and aspirations of pursuing clinical psychology at university, Lilise’s dedication to her craft is evident. Hailing from the border of Kent and Outer London, she has been diligently refining her songwriting and live performance skills. Known for her distinct style—often performing in a ballgown and Doc Martens—Lilise stands out not just in appearance but in her unwavering commitment to her artistic vision.

“Swimming” was produced by the renowned Howard Johnstone, whose ability to bring Lilise’s vision to life has been instrumental. The track also features backing vocals by Lynne Johnstone The music video, produced by Matt and Lee from Matchbox Motion, showcases stunning underwater effects, further enhancing the song’s emotive quality.

“Working with Howard Johnstone is always incredibly inspiring; he truly understands my vision,” says Lilise. “The backing vocals from Lynne Johnstone add so much to the track. Filming the music video was an extraordinary experience, and I’m thrilled with the final product. I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

With influences ranging from Taylor Swift to Sara Kays and Maisie Peters, Lilise’s music speaks to listeners on a deeply personal level. Her grade-8 vocal skills and talent for crafting emotionally charged lyrics have drawn comparisons to Billie Eilish, marking her as an artist to watch.