Musical artist – Jose Carlos Matos Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:09:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Musical artist – Jose Carlos Matos 32 32 Robbie Williams denounces the lack of variety in modern music Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:53:07 +0000

‘Every artist looks and sounds the same’: Robbie Williams blasts lack of variety in modern music

Robbie Williams admitted he listens to the charts with dismay.

The singer, who rose to fame in the 90s with Take That, revealed he struggled with the lack of variety in modern music, noting that all artists “look and sound the same”.

He explained, “If you take 1988’s Top Of The Pops any week, the color variation, the eccentricities, the madness and the craziness are extraordinary.”

‘Every artist looks and sounds the same’: Robbie Williams blasted lack of variety in modern music

Robbie, 48, continued: “If you have a card show in 2022, every week every artist sounds like every artist and looks like every artist.

“It’s not their fault, I don’t blame them.”

Robbie’s comments come as he works on his new Netflix documentary, which he promised will be filled with content related to sex, drugs and mental illness.

Looking back: The singer, who rose to fame in the 90s with Take That, revealed he struggled with the lack of variety in modern music (clockwise from top left: Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen in 1992)

Looking back: The singer, who rose to fame in the 90s with Take That, revealed he struggled with the lack of variety in modern music (clockwise from top left: Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen in 1992)

The singer has editorial control over the content, which will be filmed at his £17.5million mansion in Kensington, London.

He recently told New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB’s The Mike Hosking Breakfast: ‘It’s going to be full of sex, drugs and mental illness.

‘They haven’t started. I’m sure it’ll be warts and all, and I’m sure it’ll be me giving too much information about my life and times.

“I can’t wait to get started and find out what it is for myself.”

Insisting that there will be no restrictions, he continued: “No rules. I’m more likely than most people to just leave it all in, I very rarely, if ever, said, “That’s too much, take it off.” I normally think that’s not enough.

Robbie added that while he has “editorial control”, the creators are “very, very lucky because I want to expose myself more than anyone else exposes themselves”.

He said: “Most people want to do a sanitized version of themselves because they’re afraid of giving away too much of their real life.

“Audiences can see that and I don’t respond very well as an audience member to that, so I won’t do that.”

One to watch: Robbie's comments come as he works on his new Netflix documentary, which he has promised will be filled with content related to sex, drugs and mental illness

One to watch: Robbie’s comments come as he works on his new Netflix documentary, which he has promised will be filled with content related to sex, drugs and mental illness

As Artists Pay Tribute to Coolio, Rapper’s Impact on Music Recognized Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:40:10 +0000

Musicians and artists pay tribute to rapper Coolio, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 59 years old.

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr., Coolio was best known for his mega hit “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was used in the 1995 film “Dangerous Minds,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The song won him a Grammy for Best Harvest Solo Performance in 1996. He also had hits with “Fantastic Voyage”, “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” and “It’s All the Way Live (Now)”.

Among those who remembered Coolio on social media were “Al Weird” Yankovic, who was embroiled in a feud with the rapper when he released the song “Amish Paradise.” Later, they repaired the fences. Ice Cube, quest love, Debbie Harry, Martin Lawrence and MC Hammer also paid tribute.

As the hip-hop community reflects on his music and its impact, Chuck Creekmur, CEO of, said Coolio was more than just a rapper: he was one of hip-hop’s griots. who shared the harsh realities of his community. .

“If you listen to the lyrics, it’s not glorifying the [gangster] life, but he’s actually someone who’s really coping with it – or at least trying to explain his point of view,” he said. “And so it resonated with so many people.”

Creekmur said Coolio won his Grammy “when rapping wasn’t really respected as an art.” Coolio also showed other artists that there was a “pathway to making music adjacent to gangster rap,” he said.

While Coolio has accomplished a lot, winning an American Music Award and multiple MTV Video Music Awards in addition to his Grammy, Creekmur said he was often underappreciated as an artist.

“I think in music in general, in hip-hop in particular, too often we use artists and spit them out,” he said. “And I think once you’re spat out, you’re left in the desert to fend for yourself.”

Creekmur said Coolio found ways to stay relevant by getting into television. He created the theme song for “Kenan and Kel”, appearing in the show’s intro, and also performed in “Cooking with Coolio” and “Coolio’s Rules”. Coolio also appeared on the big screen in the movie “Batman & Robin” in 1997 and in “Dracula 3000” in 2004, among others. Coolio’s singular style, like his signature standing braids, was one of the many traits that made him unique. Creekmur also said that Coolio speaks intelligently about his artistry and creates music that has truth.

“He talked about things like HIV and the ramifications behind promiscuity,” Creekmur said.

As for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” released over 25 years ago, Creekmur said it remains a treasure in the hip-hop community.

“We’ll be listening to ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ forever,” Creekmur said. “There is no doubt about it.”

]]> Hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico still have no electricity: NPR Tue, 27 Sep 2022 20:47:06 +0000


In Puerto Rico, hundreds of thousands of people still have no power nine days after Hurricane Fiona. In many communities, patience is running out with the island’s power company as some towns and villages begin to take power restoration into their own hands. NPR’s Adrian Florido reports.

ADRIAN FLORIDO, BYLINE: After Fiona, Ricky Mendez, the mayor of the western coastal town of Isabela, said if Puerto Rico’s electric company hasn’t restored power to his town within a week , he would form his own brigades to do so. The power company threatened legal action, but that didn’t stop him.

RICKY MENDEZ: (speaking Spanish).

FLORIDO: On Monday, he was supervising about 20 workers, many of whom were former electric utility workers, as they replaced several downed power lines and performed other fixes on his city’s grid.

MENDEZ: (speaking Spanish).

FLORIDO: “I made the call to the workers and people responded,” he said. “I’m happy because my city now has some hope that it will pull through.” He said he has received calls from many elderly residents in his town, fearing they will be waiting for power for months, as they did after Hurricane Maria five years ago.

MENDEZ: (speaking Spanish).

FLORIDO: “This storm was not like Hurricane Maria,” Mendez said. “The damage was not as severe, yet the power company was slow to respond.” Even before this week, there was widespread dissatisfaction in Puerto Rico with the island’s electric utility, Luma Energy. It’s the private company the government hired last year to take over the public network, which was in shambles after decades of neglect, corruption and then Hurricane Maria. When he took over, Luma warned that strengthening the network would take years. But patience with the company very quickly ran out.



FLORIDO: In the days following the storm, protest songs emerged. “My stove does not work”, sang this musician plena on Monday evening. “I don’t have cold water. They lie about how many people got their electricity back.”



FLORIDO: “Luma can go to hell”, he sings. Luma officials say they are actually making rapid progress on restoring power, given the fragility of the grid. After initially refusing to predict how long the restoration would take, the firm now says more than three-quarters of the island should be powered by Friday. Daniel Hernandez, a senior Luma official, told a briefing this week that the company was working closely with the government agency that runs the island’s power plants and asked people to stay calm.


DANIEL HERNANDEZ: (speaking Spanish).

FLORIDO: In a statement late Monday, Luma also pleaded with local officials not to take over network repairs or risk delaying the restoration effort and injuring untrained people. But many mayors are tapping into the large contingent of former government line workers, who have intimate knowledge of the maze and the grid, but who refused to work for Luma after the private company took over. William Miranda Torres is the mayor of Caguas, one of the largest cities on the island.

WILLIAM MIRANDA TORRES: (speaking Spanish).

FLORIDO: “It’s not about taking jobs from Luma,” the mayor said. “It’s about looking at the power lines, finding out where the problems are and making small fixes so that when the power comes back, families don’t have to wait for days or weeks.” In the town of Isabela, 83-year-old Carmen Rosa Gonzalez (ph) has been waiting for nine days in the sweltering heat of her small home, with her 85-year-old husband. He uses an oxygen machine.

CARMEN ROSA GONZALEZ: (speaking Spanish).

FLORIDO: “Without his oxygen,” Gonzalez said, “he starts coughing a lot.” And it’s starting to scare him. She said she doesn’t care how she gets the power back, whether Luma restores it or her mayor does. She just needs to get it back. Adrian Florido, NPR News, Isabela, Puerto Rico.


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Six Books Music Lovers Should Read Sun, 25 Sep 2022 11:00:00 +0000

Music, of all art forms, is uniquely tied to memory. It’s sewn into the fabric of everyday life: Think of the mixtape you made for your first crush, the pop star whose posters were plastered in your teenage bedroom, the album that helped you going through your divorce, to the jam band you followed touring across the country. All provide tantalizing insights into your past and present.

It’s no wonder, then, that the best songwriting becomes personal. The writer can turn into a prism, refracting his subject, allowing us to see its components. Why does this song move me? she asks. Why is this group important to me? And the most important : Why should we care? The ability to answer this last question can distinguish a good reviewer from an excellent one.

In her 1995 essay “Musical Criticism and Musical Meaning,” musician and philosopher Patricia Herzog wrote, “For interpretation to be persuasive, it must be grounded in intense appreciation, even love. These six books masterfully explore what the songs we cherish (and, in one illuminating case, hate) reveal about us.

University of Texas Press

Go in the Rain: Notes on Quest for a Tribe Calledby Hanif Abdurraqib

Abdurraqib’s musical writing proves that criticism and memory are inextricable. His collections of essays, A little devil in America and They can’t kill us until they kill uslook as intimately at the output of artists like Aretha Franklin, ScHoolboy Q, Don Shirley and Carly Rae Jepsen as the author himself. Go in the rain, his homage to pioneering hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, is another shining example of this signature approach. As a “decidedly weird” teenager at the turn of the 90s, forever plugged into his Walkman, Abdurraqib fell in love with the band – especially founding member Phife Dawg – because he felt “they too were walking on a thin line of weirdness.” Even in its most introspective form, Abdurraqib embraces nostalgia without succumbing to it and honors the fandom experience while questioning it. The book is ultimately an elegy: A Tribe Called Quest broke up in 1998 and Phife Dawg died in 2016, just after the band reunited to record their first new album in 18 years. “A band like A Tribe Called Quest will never exist again,” Abdurraqib wrote. With Go in the rainhe manages to both celebrate their accomplishments and “put them to rest”.

Let’s talk about love: a journey to the end of taste, by Carl Wilson

At the start of this pivotal entry in Bloomsbury’s 33 ⅓ book series (each focusing on a single record), Wilson, a fairly omnivorous critic and music lover, professes his hatred for Quebec pop diva Celine Dion. The book, he says, is an “experiment” meant to answer questions about tastes, fans and popularity using Dion’s 1997 album. Let’s talk about love as a case study. Wilson attempts to uncover the reasons for the power-balladeer’s remarkable popularity, mining philosophy, sociology, history, and his own Canadian roots. He chats with diehard Dion fans and even catches a show at his Las Vegas residency, a “multimedia extravaganza” that surprisingly “brought a few tears” to the freshly divorced author. Dion’s pace turns out to be more complicated than expected, and his lines of thought lead him, at the end of the book, to question the very purpose of music criticism itself. Wilson doesn’t exactly come out the other side a convert from Dion, but he acknowledges that his widespread appeal is not only valid, but valuable. “There are so many ways to love music,” he concludes.

The cover of Gum by Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s eraserby Warren Ellis

In 1999, Australian musician Warren Ellis attended a performance by Nina Simone. After the show, he snuck onto the stage and slipped a piece of gum that Simone had stuck in the bottom of her Steinway. Twenty-two years later, Ellis’ obsession with that scrap piece gave birth to this multimedia memoir, which weaves together text and images to exalt everyday objects and experiences that represent “metaphysics made physical.” In it he recounts how he took Simone’s chewing gum with him on tour, wrapped in the towel she had used to wipe her forehead during the concert – a “portable sanctuary” – before storing it in his attic. to keep it safe and, finally, to cast it for posterity. He describes the concert with pious zeal – it was “a miracle”, “a communion”, a “religious experience”. He’s self-aware enough to know his devotion is strange, but not self-aware enough to let it drown out the joy it brings him. In a reprinted and captured text exchange from 2019 with friend and frequent collaborator Nick Cave, Ellis reveals he kept the eraser. “You worry me sometimes,” Cave replies. “Haha,” Warren replies. “I suppose so.”

The cover of I had to imagine a way to survive
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I had to imagine a way to survive: on trauma, persistence and Dolly Partonby Lynn Melnick

During what she calls “the worst year of my adult life,” Melnick, a poet, went to Dollywood, the theme park of Tennessee country icon Dolly Parton. Half-retreat, half-pilgrimage, her journey pushed her to write I had to figure out a way to survive, a memoir that puts her poignant story in conversation with Parton’s biography and discography. Through 21 chapters, each cleverly linked to a different song (the structure of the book alone is worth picking up), Melnick, a self-proclaimed “die-hard Dolly fan,” recounts a life scarred by drug addiction, violence domestic and sexual abuse. Along the way, she looks up to Parton as a model of resilience, learning lessons from her nearly six-decade career and her interviews. She also unravels the tensions in Parton’s hyperfeminine personality, which leads to a broader consideration of female self-fashioning. The author writes with remarkable vulnerability and candor while ensuring that the often painful memories she recounts do not cloud her critical gaze. She swings gracefully between confessional and analytical registers, her prose both pointed and full of heart.

The cover of My pin-up
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my pinupby Hilton Als

Als’ ambivalence towards Prince’s changing personality propels this thin memoir about aura, fatherhood and authenticity. As a young man at the turn of the 80s, Als admired the way the singer-songwriter embodied black homosexuality with his explosive androgyny and virtuosity in the genre, and he was impressed by the way Prince flouted the rules of race, gender and sexuality. to “remake black music in its image”. So he felt a sense of betrayal when, for albums like 1999 and purple rain, Prince took on tailored suits and poppy hooks. “He was like a bride who left me on the altar of difference to embrace what was expected,” Als writes. “Could my strange heart ever let it all go and forgive him?” The parasocial relationship that Als has with Prince is a rich field of study, both on a personal level (What does it mean to feel hurt by someone you don’t know?) and politically (What does it mean to endow a person with so much power of representation?). This parasociality is finally shattered when Als is sent to interview his idol during Prince’s 2004. Musicology round. Here, the knotty and conflicting emotions of the book reach their climax. During their meeting, on a whim, Prince asks Als to write a book with him; Als hesitates. “I couldn’t watch Prince,” he wrote. “I couldn’t look away either.”

The cover of Why Solange Matters
University of Texas Press

Why Solange counts, by Stephanie Phillips

In this episode of the University of Texas Press’ Music Matters series, Phillips makes a compelling case for singer-songwriter Solange as one of our most important and ambitious chroniclers of black womanhood. Phillips, a musician who plays in black feminist punk band Big Joanie, draws heavily from her own experience navigating predominantly white musical spaces to trace Solange’s fraught history with the music industry and her radical challenge. . Phillips is originally from England and the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, which helps her illustrate Solange’s impact beyond America for women in the black diaspora. Phillips’ analysis, for example, of When I come back home, Solange’s unabridged ode to her hometown of Houston, shows how the artist both exploits and transcends cultural specificity. But she has a particular reverence for Solange’s “zeitgeist-shifting” third album, A seat at the table, which, Phillips says, “felt like it was written especially for me” when she first heard it. Across the Atlantic, she writes, Solange “gave me space to learn to love… my weird black girl self.”

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Shania Twain feels ‘stronger than ever’ ahead of new album release Fri, 23 Sep 2022 15:04:00 +0000 In fact, there’s so much material it could make for several great country music songs. She survived a difficult childhood, losing her parents in a car accident and, at the height of her career, was diagnosed with Lyme disease, an illness that temporarily caused her to lose her voice. And then, in the middle of her recovery, her husband left her for another woman.

But Twain says those hardships got her to where she is today.

“Every time something knocks me down or tries to knock me down, it fuels more determination. I feel stronger than ever now in my life. And, and it feels good,” Twain told Chris Wallace of CNN in a conversation for its new show, “Who talks to Chris Wallace?”

The program premieres Friday on HBOMax and also airs Sunday night on CNN.

Twain is currently working on his sixth full-length solo project, his first solo album since 2017. His lead single from the album, “Waking Up Dreaming,” also debuts Friday.

She calls her new music “just the start” of a “new chapter.”

“It’s far from country,” she admitted of the song. “It’s high-energy boppy-poppy. In the video, I’m playing superstar a lot, dressing up. And having a lot of fun with fashion and looks like never before. It’s indulgent for me. ”

It’s far from the first time the Grammy-winning artist has taken risks with his songs and music videos.

The music video for “Any Man of Man” from his second album in which Twain wears his belly garnered a lot of attention from fans and critics alike. Although the album was the best-selling country album that year and won a Grammy, purists said his music wasn’t country enough.

“[They said] I’m a lap dancer. No, you can’t show your belly. You’re going to offend everyone, you’re going to offend women because they’re going to be turned off by you and men because you have this attitude towards men,” she recalled industry executives telling her. “But I just had to ignore that and follow my own vision. Have faith in that.”

Her belief in her own vision earned her 18 Grammy nominations and earned her the title of one of the best-selling artists of all time.

“I had a really giant dream. Of a very small child. I don’t know if I would have ever been satisfied not to have that dream come true,” she told Wallace.

For seven years I thought ‘my career is over’

Twain’s ‘giant’ dream was nearly dashed in 2004 when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, in which she developed dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that makes speaking, let alone singing, difficult. .

“It was an unreasonable amount of work and pressure to maintain longer as a recording artist. So I could do a few things, but with so much work behind it, I thought, no, I couldn’t. ever be a real recording artist. And go ahead and sing it live,” she said.

Twain eventually underwent surgery. While the operation was a risk, the singer said it was something she had to try.

“I should have quit my singing career, so I’m like, ‘Oh sure, I’ll try that.’ And boy, can I scream now,” she said.

Amid her vocal issues, Twain discovered that her then-husband had been having an affair with her best friend.

“[There were] definitely times when I wanted to pick up and dive somewhere on another planet,” she told Wallace. “Music was always my big escape, but because I couldn’t sing during that time, I didn’t I had no more escape.”

In a twist, she ended up marrying Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of the woman with whom her first husband had had an affair. Twain credits Thiébaud with the importance of his recovery.

“I’m figuring out how to get my voice back and I feel empowered. I’m remarried. My husband is an incredible support,” Twain said. “I have an amazing son, so I’m starting to feel like my life is falling back into place in a very bright and sunny way.”

Will Rabbe contributed to this story.

Innovative and eclectic artist Sarantos drops new romantic pop single “Easy (On The Eyes)” Fri, 16 Sep 2022 14:49:00 +0000

The Chicago-based singer-songwriter’s new September 2022 single is an ode to romance and beauty.

Have you ever known someone who was so incredibly handsome they could get away with anything? I have. This song is about her.

— Sarantos

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA, Sept. 16, 2022 / — Sarantos is a prolific musical artist known for breaking boundaries and experimenting with his music, while maintaining a busy monthly release schedule. His main genre being pop rock, he often pushes the boundaries of what can be done with pop, drawing inspiration from other genres. Her new single, ‘Easy (On The Eyes)’ is a romantic track dedicated to the beauty of a loved one, with a laid-back, relaxed take on Sarantos.

Sarantos says, “Have you ever known someone who was so incredibly handsome that they could get away with anything? I have. This song is about her.

Watch the official video for “Easy (On the Eyes)” at

With over 300,000 Spotify streams of his latest releases, including several international iTunes chart-toppers, Sarantos is an independent musician who creates everything himself, from songwriting to lyrics. His talent has been recognized both nationally and internationally, having won major industry awards. Since 2014, Sarantos has won over 51 awards with Akademia LA Music, Beat 100 while being nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards, Hollywood Music In Media, and Hollywood Songwriting Awards. He has had numerous media placements for his songs, instrumentals and lines.

A philanthropist at heart, Sarantos continues its fundraising streak, with proceeds from “Easy (On The Eyes)” going to SEE. They bring together medical volunteers and partners to care for those who need it most. Their teams work side-by-side with local doctors and clinics to improve access to high-quality eye care and surgery. Together, they break the cycle of hardship caused by visual impairment, making patients, families and communities healthier and stronger.

More details about Sarantos can be seen at

Michael Stover
MTS Management Group

Creative Junior – Design & Video Content (Contract) Wed, 14 Sep 2022 06:27:55 +0000

Junior Creative – Video Design and Content (contract)

  • 24/7 with flexibility
  • An amazing opportunity to make your mark in the music industry
  • Create exciting content for our artists, events and brands!
  • A great opportunity for a motivated junior creative looking for part-time schedule flexibility

Who we are

TMRW Music is the birthplace of electronic music in Australia. We represent some of the most exciting event artists, labels and brands including FISHER, Hot Dub Time Machine, PNAU, Ministry of Sound Events, KLP, Eighty-Six and more.

TMRW is an ever-evolving company that works across the spectrum of the music industry, spanning recordings, artist management, publishing, synchronization, venue management, multimedia production, touring and events…there’s very little our brilliant team of 30+ people can’t do! Our talented artists are winning ARIAs, occupying top spots on broadcast charts and gracing some of the biggest festival stages in the country, including Splendor In The Grass, Spilled Milk and Groovin’ The Moo. We unite tens of thousands of fans across the country to celebrate dance music of all genres, from orchestral reimaginings of club anthems with Ministry of Sound Classical to the underground bass sounds of Aimer, Andy C & Blanke. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the exciting brands and artists we work with!

We are based on the outskirts of the CBD in a fun warehouse space and benefit from a flexible hybrid WFH/in office work model.

About the role:

With a very ambitious calendar of events for 2022/23, we are looking for a savvy and adaptable creative to support our in-house graphic designer and video editor. The Junior Creative will focus on graphic design for digital and print, as well as video content for social media and advertising. With key projects such as Ministry of Sound, Hot Dub Time Machine and a host of events and tours throughout the summer period, this role is an integral part of the overall marketing function. The role will be part of the Marketing team and will report directly to the Marketing Manager – Events and Tours.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Design and creation of engaging visual content (image/video) for social media posts, digital marketing ads and OOH posters/ads.
  • Delivering a high volume of results across multiple projects – a high level of organization and excellent communication skills are essential
  • Collaborate and work within a small team to meet brand guidelines and deliver on campaign plans and results.
  • Present your own ideas to evolve the creative direction
  • Ensure that your designs meet the company’s current brand style and design goals

What we are looking for:

  • Highly motivated individual with a self-starter attitude and a passion for graphic design, video editing and motion graphics
  • Someone with a strong, creative vision who isn’t afraid to take on creative/design tasks, no matter how big or small
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, etc.)
  • Experience in creating graphic designs for engaging social media content and effective advertisements. Including graphic design, photographic content and graphic animations.
  • Someone with motion graphic design skills and additional videography skills will be highly considered!

Ready to apply?
If you are interested in joining our team, please send your cover letter and CV to Our appreciation and thanks go to anyone who decides to apply for this position; however, we will only be able to respond to candidates whose experience and qualifications closely match our requirements.

J-pop Artist Marika Kohno Releases Beast Tamer Anime Ending Theme “LOVE & MOON” – MP3 & NPC Mon, 12 Sep 2022 07:03:16 +0000

J-pop artist/voice Marika Kohno has unveiled her new single “LOVE&MOON.”

The song is the ending theme for the upcoming anime series Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou sareta Beast Tamer, Saikyoushu no Nekomimi Shoujo to Deau (a.k.a beast tamer), which is listed as one of our most anticipated anime series this fall. Kohno will also voice the character of Nina in the series, which will begin streaming on October 2 outside of Asia via Crunchyroll. The track comes with a music video, which you can see below.

Regarding the song, Kohno said:

“Actually, it was a candidate song for the debut album ‘One.’ As for the theme song, I had ordered a song that I would sing life-size with my honest self, but on the album, I was only supposed to have one song with the same theme, so I couldn’t sing it on the album, but I wanted to sing it at another time, so I put it aside. also the coupling song “Violet”.

Regarding the musical contribution to the anime, the artist also said:

“Since I was a kid, I’ve been the kind of person who comes up with OP and ED themes for anime, so I have an image that theme songs are must-haves for anime. So I thought this would be an honor to participate. This time it’s an ED theme, but it’s like an anime until the end of ED. Now that the ED is finished, let’s move on to the next step! I have feel like it makes you feel that way.

“LOVE&MOON” will be released on October 12 via Nippon Columbia.

Beyond Art Therapy: Studio Helps Neurodiverse Musicians Record, Publish and Book Shows | Music Fri, 09 Sep 2022 23:33:00 +0000

MMusic has been “very special” to Nina Gotsis since she started writing guitar songs 15 years ago. The folk musician, who also plays drums, enjoys both the recording process and the performances — “it’s exciting when there’s a crowded audience,” she says.

Gotsis has Down syndrome, which prevents him from vocalizing. Before performances, she writes down what she will say between songs; sometimes she sings too.

Gotsis is one of 18 neurodiverse artists who write, record and stream music through Club Weld, a free program run by Parramatta’s Arts + Cultural Exchange (ACE) that pairs neurodiverse songwriters and musicians with established artists, who collaborate on their music and help develop their skills. Club Weld’s latest EP, What the World Needs, was released last week: six songs helmed by six neurodiverse artists, backed by Western Sydney Symphony Choir, River City Voices.

Musician Sam Worrad writes and performs with Sydney band The Holy Soul and Kim Salmon – and now, through his work as a host at Club Weld, with the Nina Gotsis Band. He was drawn to Club Weld as a non-therapeutic studio, which is primarily focused on music.

“Music therapy is great, but there’s a misconception that when a musician with an intellectual disability does something, it’s a therapeutic business,” he told the Guardian. “Went in mid-2015 one day for a jam, loved playing with these guys, and that was it.”

The program was originally developed for people with autism, but has expanded its remit to accommodate anyone with neurodiversity who wants to make music, including people with Down syndrome and brain damage. “The animators have some knowledge of clinical diagnoses, if any, but the studio is all about finding the best ways to work with individuals and make them feel comfortable — as any good studio would be,” says Worrad. “With a lot of musicians, there’s no reason to get into the clinical side of things. We just work together to find a way to give them what they need.

The sessions are led by neurodiverse musicians, who work at their own pace in their own style — but they all share an “unwavering tenacity,” says Worrad. “A lot of musicians here have had to deal with ableism; some places act like they are doing you a favor by booking you in. Neurodiverse musicians may also face some assumptions that they won’t need to be paid for their work, which is quite odd.

For this reason, he says, “a lot of people hadn’t had a chance to show their stuff [until Club Weld] …it’s also a great place for musicians to socialize, compare notes, and collaborate.

River City Voices in rehearsal with Club Weld artist Jerrah Patston (center), who has a track on What the World Needs. Photo: Grant Leslie

Gotsis was inspired to learn drums after seeing the Backstreet Boys perform live. A quick study, she caught the eye of Lindy Morrison of Go-Betweens fame, who invited her to join the long-running Junction House Band, a melodic pop group of intellectually disabled musicians, with Morrison as music director. Gotsis played with them for about 12 years, first on drums and later on guitar after teaching herself by watching DVDs. When the band fell apart, she was devastated and turned to writing her own ukulele songs.

At Club Weld, Gotsis was once again able to collaborate musically with industry professionals who could help with all aspects of music creation, from songwriting and recording to booking shows. Her debut EP Music Colors was released by Club Weld last year, and one of her songs, Frozen River – written for her mother – received the choral treatment from River City Voices for the EP What the World Needs.

Worrad co-wrote with her. “Nina shows me the lyrics, strums the chords, and I’ll sing until she likes the sound,” he explains. “It usually doesn’t take long, as the chords and words suggest the melodies.”

Toby Martin, lead singer of indie rock band Youth Group, also worked on Frozen River, which he describes as “really beautiful”. “[Gotsis’s songs] are so clear and pure and crystalline, in terms of what they’re trying to say. Nina has a way of stripping everything down to its simplest essence. It’s such a powerful thing,” he says.

Youth Group's Toby Martin performing with Nina Gotsis.
“His songs are so clear, pure and crystalline”: Toby Martin of the Youth Group performing with Nina Gotsis. Photography: Lyndal Irons

His upcoming album Art Colours, due out next year, is inspired by the natural world. “Near my house, we have a forest down the road. It’s beautiful, and I sometimes write about it,” Gotsis says. One song, Lord Howe Island, is about a swim in the ocean. “It’s a beautiful place. We got on a boat and I sat on the edge and put on a life jacket…years later I wrote it all down in a song because it was a special moment for me.

Until then, there’s the uplifting and symphonic What the World Needs, on which the musicians of Club Weld are joined by the River City Choir. Aria-nominated producer Chris Hamer-Smith painstakingly mixed hundreds of tracks from the 43 backing singers – “an incredible and sometimes horrifying experience” considering he had never recorded a choir before. But he loves working with Club Weld: “The artists approach songwriting from a refreshing perspective and with lyrics that I never would have thought of but are super cool…there are so many good artists .”

This Sunday, these artists will meet the choir for the first time to launch the EP in Parramatta – the culmination of an intense process for the choir, which overcame logistical challenges and blockages while retaining the authorship of each song. in the foreground. “It started a lot of conversations around neurodiversity,” says Sarah Penicka-Smith, artistic director of River City Voices. “I think it made us more accepting of each other’s little individualities.

“Programs for people living with neurodiversity or a disability are often categorized as art therapy, which is more about what the artist gains from the process rather than what the audience might gain from their art,” she says. . “I really hope that work like this helps people rethink that attitude.”

What the World Needs by Club Weld launches at the Granville Centre, Parramatta on 11 September at 4pm.

A pop-up mural will decorate the windows of the artist reception area during the Black Swamp Arts Festival – BG Independent News Wed, 07 Sep 2022 23:14:26 +0000


A mural by Toledo-based artist Michael Osborne will welcome participating artists to the artists’ hospitality suite of the 29th Annual Black Swamp Arts Festival and will be on public display throughout the festival.

Osborne has been practicing art for over 20 years and uses a photorealistic style in his murals and paintings. His previous work can be viewed on his website at

The glass mural will incorporate the festival name, musical lineup and “Artist Hospitality” signage. It will feature the festival’s salamander mascot as well as other Black Swamp creatures and plants. The mural will be on the windows and doors of H&R Block, 200 S. Main St., Downtown, Bowling Green.

The mural will be a temporary or “pop-up” artwork. The final touches to the mural should be completed by the morning of Friday, September 9, just in time for the start of the festival that evening. The mural will be on display to attendees throughout the festival weekend and will be unveiled on Monday, after the festival concludes on the evening of Sunday, September 11.

This is the first time that this type of fresco has been produced for the festival. Black Swamp Arts Festival Artist Hospitality Chair Alex Hutchings said the new mural art had several goals, including “creating an emotional connection between visitors and art that specifically represents the Black Swamp Arts Festival” .

Other goals are to provide welcoming art to participating visual artists and, for convenience, to easily show artists and volunteers where the Artist Hospitality Suite is located.

“The mural is a welcome opportunity to thank Dick Lambert and Heather Reid of H&R Block for supporting the festival for over 15 years through their volunteer work and providing guest artists with a central and welcoming space for the hospitality suite.” , said Hutchings.

Artist Hospitality is a backstage part of the festival, accessible only to participating artists and designated volunteers. The space offers artists the opportunity to get out of the elements, grab a drink of water or a snack, and enjoy a quick and refreshing break from the busy festival.

The Black Swamp Arts Festival is a free three-day live music and arts festival committed to providing quality arts and music experiences. Held in downtown Bowling Green, September 9-11, there are three music stages, two art exhibits, Youth Arts, Artists at Work, Chalk Walk, and more.

Volunteers are still needed for shifts at this year’s festival. Information about volunteering at the festival is available at