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DISCOVER POP INTERVIEWS: British Pop Artist and Actor ‘Alexander James (AJ) Rodriguez’ talks about his fun catchy debut music video and infectious fresh falling in love pop single ‘Your Smile’

Alexander James (AJ) Rodriguez has dropped his debut music video for his second single ‘Your Smile’ – quarantine style.

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We met with teenage pop and acting sensation Alexander James (AJ) Rodriguez who just dropped his debut music video for his second single ‘Your Smile’ – quarantine style.

Can you tell us a bit about your new record ‘Your Smile’?

I wanted to release a summer song that showcased someone’s smile using the backdrop of a few of Southern California’s stunning locations. I love the beach and so incorporating surfing or flip flops into the lyrics along with a girl’s smile was a must!

‘Your Smile’ is centered around a young girl’s captivating smile that is suddenly noticed by one of her friends, who is looking at her with a different appreciation for the very first time. Her admirer dreams of whisking her away for sandy toes and snow cones on the beach. The lyrics are about how she shouldn’t change a thing as she is fly just the way she is. It is fun, light and bursting full of summer!

Tell us about the music video.

Well, due to the current COVID-19 filming restrictions in Los Angeles, we had to be really careful, so I just had two of my friends and one videographer, plus my mum of course, on set.
We tried to incorporate some of Malibu’s most gorgeous hotspots, and of course me catching a wave at my favourite place, the beach.

Since releasing your debut pop record ‘My Crew’ in July, you have had some great results on the streaming services. Congratulations!

Oh yes, I am thrilled with the response to my music so far. We released my debut record ‘My Crew’ on July 7th and it’s so exciting to see it is currently pushing 200,000 streams. ‘Your Smile’ has been climbing at a rapid rate with over 105,000 streams on Spotify today. I am so grateful to everyone who has listened to the songs so far.

What’s up next for you?

I recording three songs at age twelve during the Los Angeles lockdown, and I am releasing one song consecutively each month, ‘My Crew’, which released on 07.07, ‘Your Smile’ on 08.08 and next in line is ‘Up To You’ on 09.09. I have a further three records penned for later in the year as well as a special Holiday song. I am super excited to tell you about that!

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‘Your Smile’ from Alexander James (AJ) Rodriguez is currently out and available for download on iTunes and all digital streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, TikTok, Pandora, DEEZER and more!

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DISCOVER SEXY TRAP MANIA OF 2020: ‘Ministry of Sound’ Idol and now Trap legend, ‘Indian Trap’ follows his 250 Million streamed hits with raunchy super Trap hit with savage goddess ‘Priscilla Gypsxy’ on new single “CHINGONA (BAD B$TCH)”

Indian Trap is excited to reveal his latest single “CHINGONA (BAD B$TCH)” in collaboration with Priscilla Gypsxy. Indian Trap produced and co-wrote the anthem with Priscilla Gypsxy.

The Mega producer linked with Priscilla Gypsxy to create the smash single fusing Latin and Indian cultures. The single is an amalgamation of diverse musical influences and draws inspiration from Hip Hop, Trap Music, World Rhythms, Traditional Indian and Bollywood sounds.

Chingona is an infectious, catchy song with many different vocal styles. The single pushes the boundaries of music with a variety of colourful textures in Priscilla’s voice while she delivers a hard-hitting, empowering, and unforgettable rap performance.

The beat is driving with hypnotic Indian flutes, hard-hitting drums, and melodic synths, Indian vocal samples and dirty 808 basses.

DISCOVER SEXY TRAP MANIA OF 2020: ‘Ministry of Sound’ Idol and now Trap legend, ‘Indian Trap’ follows his 250 Million streamed hits with raunchy super Trap hit with savage goddess ‘Priscilla Gypsxy’ on new single “CHINGONA (BAD B$TCH)” – Discover Trap Legends

Priscilla; “I’m so excited to be releasing this single, I very much wanted to embody and capture that boss B$tch side of myself. Something that could really give other women from around the world the confidence to embrace that fearless boss B$tch side to them and feel good about it. The true power of a woman is mysterious, but we’re gonna crack Pandora’s box and give y’all a lil taste with this one”.

Indian Trap has also released a striking lyrical video, featuring vibrant dancers and choreography by RADICALFASHION. The video was conceptualized by Indian Trap and Tejasvita Negi, who has also worked on most lyrical videos with Indian Trap as well as the iTrap record label, including ‘Cuarentena (na na na)’, ‘Alien’, and more.

This one is super exciting, and will get you up and dancing quick. Jay Singh, also known as J2, the hit record producer and composer, is the man behind Indian Trap.

Jay first burst into the scene when he won the prestigious Ministry of Sound DJ Idol Competition in 2002. Since then he has produced and remixed songs for many reputable artists including LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and Madonna to name a few.

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Powerfully establishing himself in the pop world under the J2 moniker with his hit single “Dare La La La,” which he co-wrote and produced for Shakira’s 10th studio album, the track debuted in most of the top 10 lists around the globe.

A reworked version was released as an official theme song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup titled “La La La” Brazil,” which is featured on the One Love, One Rhythm World Cup album.

The song was also featured in a T-Mobile commercial and on Shakira’s Activia Commercial, which became the most shared advertisement of 2014.

His J2 songs can be heard in over 100 movies, trailers, video games, TV Shows, and advertisements.

Collectively his songs have garnered more than 250 Million Streams across YouTube and all other major DSPs. 

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DISCOVER FEMALE ARTISTS OF 2020: Heavenly and soft voiced Dominican musician ‘Téhilah’ touches your soul with her beautiful golden sweet dreamy song ‘Dried Roses’

“Everybody’s got a plan to Be better
I won’t stand for anything less
I don’t need no dried roses”

These lyrics hit me with an unexpected strength and emotion and resonated with something buried deep within myself. And I think it’s not an isolated case. I think it’s precisely this image of being lost, of not having a plan or perhaps having one but not knowing how it will turn out, that will speak to many, both young and old, who take the time to listen to Dominican artist Tehilah’s brand new track, “Dried Roses”.

Now, in order to truly understand this piece, it’s important that we look into the title, that we make an effort to grasp the complex and enchanting imagery that the young, talented artist has sprinkled into the song.

In popular mythology, dried roses (and dried flowers, in general) tend to symbolize bad luck or an ill omen. It’s believed that being gifted a dry rose, or even receiving one that is in-bloom but then quickly dies means the end of a relationship or generally a profound loss.

DISCOVER FEMALE ARTISTS OF 2020: Heavenly and soft voiced Dominican musician ‘Téhilah’ touches your soul with her beautiful golden sweet dreamy song ‘Dried Roses’

In Tehilah’s repetition of the line “I don’t need no dried roses”, this is exactly what she’s telling us, conferring a prayer-like feeling to her song. It’s as if she’s standing here, at the beginning of her journey, and hoping she doesn’t run into any bad luck or bad situations along the way.

It’s also a look back into her past and a resounding message of resilience. “Uncomfortable situations I avoided, Cause I need to be situated,” Tehilah tells us, suggesting that perhaps the dried roses are somewhere in her past, and that she escaped them, that she survived and found her place in spite of the bad luck that came her way.

And what I truly love about this song is that everyone encounters bad luck at some point in their life, don’t they? That’s what makes “Dried Roses”, with the sad, beautiful voice and the soft guitar sound, a universal track that’s very easy to relate to at any point in your life and in almost any circumstance.

“Dried Roses” has this incredible potential to become am emblem to a world that seems to have seen nothing but bad luck lately. And even if you don’t feel that way, even if you’re in a great place in your life right now, I still feel like you should really listen to this tune because… well, because when has good music ever been a bad thing?

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DISCOVER WORLD MUSIC: ‘Faizan’ Feat ‘Amadeus’ produce a well crafted film sized soundtrack of shimmering tropical rhythms, heavenly violins and tinkling piano on their cinematic beach video ‘Aether’

There are some songs that don’t stop to ask you what your preferred music genre is or if you listen to this sort of thing or not.

Some songs are simply that good that they don’t actually need to ask, because they know you’ll listen to them anyway, and like them, regardless what your musical tastes look like.

One such song is the recently launched “Aether”, a fascinating collaboration between Maldivian drummer and artist Faizan and the Amadeus Quartet from Romania (a mix of violin, piano and cello).

We won’t bother comparing it with something you might know, because “Aether” is like nothing you’ve heard before. It’s a wonderful, compelling journey that takes you to a higher plane of consciousness through its catchy, memorably rhythm that just encourages you to dance and abandon yourself to the music.

The song also gives food for thought, as the story behind the music video is pretty impressive. In search of creative inspiration, Faizan seeks to connect with the four elements of nature (fire, air, water and earth), only to find something is missing.

He then stumbles upon the famed “fifth element”, which turns out to be aether itself, of course, and with it, encounters four beautiful muses (the members of the Amadeus Quartet) who spark his own imagination and guide his creative journey.

Set against a gorgeous backdrop of the exotic Maldives, we watch Faizan unleash his creative power over the handpan, the instrument that has so marked his solo career, but in the end, we learn it was all a dream.

This definitely raises some question as to the state of the artist in the modern world, as well as the far more general theme of man’s complex relationship to nature.

DISCOVER WORLD MUSIC: Maldivian music artists ‘Faizan’ Feat ‘Amadeus’ produce a well crafted film sized soundtrack of shimmering tropical rhythms, heavenly violins and tinkling piano on their cinematic beach video ‘Aether’ – Discover World Music

Aether”, which was composed with Romanian composer Xenti Runceanu, is a soothing melody that encourages one to dream and think creatively. It’s a piece that actually says something, despite it having no actual lyrics. And to us, that is super rare and all the more powerful in today’s lackluster music world.

The song will be included on Faizan’s upcoming album (set to release sometime in 2021). For now, we highly encourage you to give it a listen. Or ten.

Because trust us, once you hit play, you’ll find it more and more difficult to stop listening to this undiscovered gem.

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DISCOVER TOP 3 iTunes RAP LORDS: ‘Texas P’ returns to lay down the word as the Rap Lord drops a pair of exciting releases with the world beating ‘Aggravated’ (Freestyle) and Lifestyle feat. Nakuu

Texas P’ is back as he displays his global Hip-Hop Rap crown to announce two exciting brand new releases in 2020.

The two new drops ‘Aggravated’ (Freestyle) and Lifestyle – Texas P feat. Nakuu are distributed globally by Equity Distro distribution company under RocNation.

The previous single “No Promo” reached number 3 on the Itunes chart in Europe making it clear to individuals that he is a lord.

DISCOVER TOP 3 iTunes RAP LORDS: ‘Texas P’ returns to lay down the word as the Rap Lord drops a pair of exciting releases with the world beating ‘Aggravated’ (Freestyle) and Lifestyle feat. Nakuu – Discover Rap

THE HISTORY OF TEXAS P

Texas P conceived as (Terelle Harris Sr.) a local of Fort Worth, TX, began his music profession in 2001. He marked to a little administration organization in the DMV region. He framed the gathering TBC (Texas Baltimore Connection) with another Texas rapper Donnie M, Baltimore rapper Micheal “Hard Knoxx” Valentine, Derek “Poision” Stevenson and Tony “Scar” Ross.

In 2002, Texas P released his presentation collection “Stonewall” including the single “Hit Me Up” delivered by The Triangle Group at Studio City, Hollywood, CA. While under administration he opened up for craftsmen, for example, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Freeway, Peedi Crack, Young Gunners (Chris and Neef), Dru Hill, Bow Wow and B2K.

In 2003, C.E.O/Artist of Aggravated Entertainment, Texas P moved to Lebanon, PA to build his music career. In 2004, Texas P released and delivered his second collection “Hit’em Up the Mixtape Volume 1 Ft. DJ Arab“, in Lebanon, PA.

From that point forward, Texas P has released extra performance tasks, for example, “Hit’em Up the Mixtape Volume 2 Ft. DJ Double ii” (2006), “I Want To Be A Millionaire Ft. DJ Arab” with the single “Billionaire Ft. Bruno Mars”(2010),I’m A Rider Ft. Swizz Beatz and Junior Reid” (2013), “Don’t Change Ft. Jelly Roll” (2014), “Problems Ft. Reek Da Villian”(2014), “Unforgiven” (2016) and the freshest hit single of “I’m So Hot Ft. Ivelice” (2018).

2019, from the outset, Texas P’s single spread for his previous release “No Promo” could intently help one to remember what the craftsman Jay-Z would do in his work of art plans.

Which totally speaks to the melodious substance of the tune. Texas P’s melodic impacts incorporate Stevie Wonder, Ghetto Boys, UGK, 2 Pac, Notorious BIG, Luther Vandross and Barry White giving the range to turn into an exceptional craftsman in the music business!

“No Promo” was released under the mark Aggravated Entertainment LLC. In any case, Aggravated Entertainment LLC has joined forces with StrTeam Ent/Universal Music Group.

Texas P’s stream is excellent over an exceptionally substantial beat for more than satisfying conveyance over Ayo Rizzi composition. Texas P has a blended sound of the south in with a spot of the Bronx, New York. This leads one to state the popular rhyme “if wasn’t for the Bronx this rap $Hit presumably would not be going on”.

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He has a blend of Ludacris, Eminem, Jay-z and Busta Rhymes’ base of stream, verses, and execution.

Previous single “No Promo” single is letting individuals who are not genuine about what they do in their vocation would never contend in this music industry! Be that as it may, Texas P’s blend doesn’t question his south and upper east foundation. The single “No Promo” was debuted on BET JAM and VH1.

Texas P was interviewed on the world famous stations 105.1(New York), this50, Hot97 (New York) and others and now drops two brand new exciting releases.

‘Texas P’ is now signed with EQUITY Distro.

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‘Cosmic Krewe’ unleash a jazzy spacey soundtrack with a slice of heavenly trumpets and a rhythmic Afro explosion on ‘Covid-19’ (Cosmic Krewe PSA)

Cosmic Krewe is the brain child of Master Trumpeter Michael RayMichael Ray has been a lifetime member of global hitmakers Kool and the Gang for over 40 years.

The incredible sound and vibe that Cosmic Krewe produce is a spacey slice of Jazz Funk AfroFuturism with A Gritty New Orleans Vibe.

Covid-19 (Cosmic Krewe PSA) is the brand new single featuring the mesmerising, uplifting, tantalising and soulful soaring vocals of Laranah Phipps-Ray. 

The stage comes to life with supersonic sound, glittering lights and cosmic pageantry as the musician congregate and prepare for their leader, the Intergalactic Research Tone Scientist, Michael Ray, to lead them into the promised Cosmos.

Multi-percussion stations, synthesizers, keys of all sorts, drums, a front line of trumpets, saxophones and various other horns, with a sexy sassy funky classy bluesy jazzy cosmic vocalist all consecutively come into play. Each entering the musical fray with precision and unadulterated rapture.

‘Cosmic Krewe’ unleash a jazzy spacey soundtrack with a slice of heavenly trumpets and a rhythmic Afro explosion on ‘Covid-19’ (Cosmic Krewe PSA) – Discover UK

WHO IS MICHAEL RAY ?

A renowned international trumpeter Michael Ray is a seasoned jazz-funk musician who has had stellar runs with Patti LaBelle, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, Kool and the Gang, Sun Ra Arkestra, and many other legendary bands.

A professional musician for more than forty years, this Trenton, New Jersey native has simultaneously mined every side of the of international music scene since the late 1970’s playing his supersonic jazz/funk/future trumpet as the Intergalactic Research Tone Scientist with Sun Ra & His Arkestra, prancing around to the funky sounds of the platinum-selling, stadium-filling, hella killer horn driven Grammy Award winning R&B/Funk best-sellers, Kool & the Gang and many other world-wide phenomenon’s.

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Previous global hit “Love in Santiago” was written in Santiago, Chile while Michael Ray & Laranah Phipps-Ray were on tour with Cosmic Krewe and celebrating their honeymoon.

A few years earlier, Michael Ray had proposed to Laranah Phipps-Ray, while he was on stage with Kool & the Gang. He got down on one knee, in front of 20,000 while Kool & the Gang played their iconic love ballad, “Cherish the Love”. 

Written by Laranah Phipps-Ray vocalist, songwriter, steel tongue drummer, and occasional keyboard player, Laranah Phipps-Ray (La).

Laranah Phipps-Ray is the daughter of jazz pioneer saxophonist, Gene Phipps Sr, and wife of the legendary trumpeter, Michael Ray of Kool & the Gang and Sun Ra Arkestra.

Covid-19 (Cosmic Krewe PSA) is out now globally on Akashic Records.

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Award Winning Novelist and Actress ‘ Katrina Kusa’ Releases First Rap Single ‘Ta$te It’ Prod. By Indian Trap

American author, actress, songwriter and singer Katrina Kusa is making waves with her debut single ‘Ta$te It’ Prod. By Indian Trap.

The single ‘Ta$te It’ continues to grow with having over 30K streams on Spotify and a now trending remix with over 100 dances on TikTok.

‘Ta$te It’ is an infectious hip-hop song that features Katrina Kusa’s confident, yet playful tone atop Indian Trap’s signature ground-breaking production. Katrina calls out her haters in the song with a catchy hook that you will not be able to get out of your head.

Produced by Indian Trap, the production features traditional Indian sounds combined with modern day trap and hip-hop elements creating a soundscape like no other.

Rapping comes naturally to Katrina Kusa, who has always had a way with words. The 16-year-old artist is most famous for her award-winning novel, The Kingdom of the Lizards, which was released in 2014. In 2019, Katrina had the opportunity to work on a music project in Los Angeles, CA that included hints of pop, urban, rap, hip-hop, and trap genres.

This would open doors for Katrina’s new career venture as a rap artist. In the past year, she has worked with incredible songwriter, Delos, who has worked with Katy Perry and Madonna, as well as aspiring recording artist, Vivaswan.

Katrina was recently discovered by Indian Trap “J2”, (music producer who has worked with Shakira, Beyoncé, Pussy Cat Dolls, and Cassie). J2 introduced Katrina to his world of “Indian Trap,” creating an urban/hip-hop/pop/trap record that led to her debut single “Ta$te It.”

More is yet to come for Katrina Kusa as she begins the next phase of her musical journey.

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Russian recording artist XTAXY Makes a Bold Statement with new hip-hop alt-pop single “Not Who You Wanted”

Russian recording artist XTAXY is rediscovering her sound with her latest single Not Who You Wanted.

The 18-year-old prolific songwriter has been practicing and performing music since she was only 4 years old.

At the age of 13, she began writing her own original music, and since then, the world has been her inspiration. Her latest, and most personal, release Not Who You Wanted is a vibrant and upbeat hip-hop alt-pop sound that features XTAXY’s signature tone atop a trap-style beat.

In her own words, “It’s very dynamic and the energy is just so chaotic and powerful. I’d say the song is a statement by itself.”

XTAXY, who has performed in the past as Polina Butorina, says ,”This was the first song I wrote as XTAXY. The main idea behind it was to embrace the self and ignore the negative comments and opinions of society…” She goes on to say, “The inspiration definitely came from personal experiences and even more from self-reflection and reflection on the world.”

The enigmatic songstress hopes that her music touches funs and encourages them to be their true, authentic selves.

She shares, “I hope it inspires them to be themselves, accept the differences among each other and spread love and inclusion, instead of criticism and judgment. It’s hard to come to terms with being different, sometimes it feels like you’re an outcast and a weirdo, but everyone is different in their own way and they should own this individuality, celebrate and cherish it, instead of trying to put it away and be like someone else.”

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‘Izzie’s Caravan’ return after 6 months to release their rocking harmonica drenched vibrant ‘Small Faces’ meets ‘Zeppelin’ Blues rock sound on the warm classic fresh ‘On The Pull’

‘On June 17th, 2020, International Blues Rock band Izzie’s Caravan released “On The Pull.”

It is their third EP in just six months. It follows their December 2019 debut, “Leo’s Guitar” and February 2020’s “Zephyrs.”

The latter features their current single, “South Of Yesterday,” which has been receiving worldwide airplay and thousands of Spotify and Youtube streams.

Enigmatic lead guitarist and vocalist, Izzie says of the new EP: “This one is a definite back to the blues record…it’s an identity record for us. I think this is where we’ve defined ourselves, as how we perceive ourselves as artists and musicians, and where we want to take this musical journey from here on. When writing these tracks, I really dug into the old Johnny Winter catalog, and that has become a reference point for me personally; to develop a sound that channels that rock and blues merger.”

Drownin’ Man’s Blues”  is the first single off the new E.P ‘On The Pull’.

‘Izzie’s Caravan’ return after 6 months to release their rocking harmonica drenched vibrant ‘Small Faces’ meets ‘Zeppelin’ Blues rock sound on the warm classic fresh sound of ‘On The Pull’ – Discover Blues Rock UK

Izzie started his musical journey by forming a 3-piece band in 2004. The Deep Impactors included two future (and now former) members of the Caravan, Sim and Ray. After becoming disillusioned by the music industry, Izzie took a decades-long respite from guitar, eventually returning to the instrument he loved, just a few years ago.

Referring to himself as a “poor man’s Buddy Guy or Lightnin’ Hopkins,” Izzie cites bands like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith as early influences, followed by later guitarists like Izzy Stradlin and John Frusciante.

Izzie’s Caravan consists of:

Izzie – Guitars, Vocals, Bass
Rob McLean – Keyboards, Hammond
Sim – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars (former member)
Ray – Bass (former member)

But, it was the blues of Stevie Ray, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and of course, Buddy Guy, that inspired Izzie’s return to music.

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Izzie’s Caravan is a blues-rock outfit with an international flair, that can trace its roots directly to Dire Straits’ massive hit, “Money For Nothing.” Guitar and vocalist, simply named, “Izzie” recalls: “Those powerful drums followed by that insane guitar riff had such a profound effect on me, after that, I always knew that guitar would have some part to play in my life.”

Izzie started his musical journey by forming a 3-piece band in 2004. The Deep Impactors included two future (and now former) members of the Caravan, Sim and Ray. After becoming disillusioned by the music industry, Izzie took a decades-long respite from guitar, eventually returning to the instrument he loved, just a few years ago.

Referring to himself as a “poor man’s Buddy Guy or Lightnin’ Hopkins,” Izzie cites bands like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith as early influences, followed by later guitarists like Izzy Stradlin and John Frusciante. But, it was the blues of Stevie Ray, Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and of course, Buddy Guy, that inspired Izzie’s return to music.

In December of 2019, Izzie’s Caravan released the EP, Leo’s Guitar, followed by the February 2020 EP, Zephyrs. Izzie’s next EP, titled On The Pull  was released on June 17, 2020 with MTS Records.

Izzie says, “This is one is a definite back to the blues record…and already I can tell it’s just going to be a very, very raw, very dirty record, and I really want to try and push the boundaries a bit in terms of the lyrical themes as well. I’m already getting excited about it…”

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THE FULL STORY OF IZZIE

Rewinding time to when I was growing up, I think ‘culture’ was a lot more defined and less fragmented as it is today.

So having those definitive memories of watching Star Wars as my first movie or listening to ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits as a very young child, was always a traceable origin point that has consistently defined my identity. Those powerful drums followed by that insane guitar riff had such a profound effect on me, after that I always knew that guitar would have some part to play in my life.

It was around 2004 I believe when I started a 3-piece rock outfit called The Deep Impacters along with Sim on vocals and guitar and Ray on bass. Of course that era was characterised
more by naïveté, the excessive love of inexpensive beer and camaraderie as much as the music was. Needless to say, that didn’t go anywhere although it could have. After that, for good or for bad, I actually fell out of love with music in general.

I was very disillusioned as to where music was headed and the commercialisation of the guitar where I actually didn’t pick it up for over a decade. Fast forward, and maybe a couple of years back I got the encouragement from some close friends and I figured “Why not?” If nothing else, it could be an interesting therapeutic exercise in mid-life. And from there one thing led to another, a rediscovery of authentic blues, ‘Leo’s Guitar’ comes out in Dec 2019, ‘Zephyrs‘ in Feb 2020…and here I am today. In terms of sound, I can see myself as a poor-man’s interpretation of Buddy Guy and Lightnin’ Hopkins :).

Honestly though, most of the confidence I got to do this came from listening to Lightnins records. To me he was the complete artist where had the words and the sound and he performed them in this fearless way which was really captivating. Having had that rubbed off on me, I’ve really tried to keep the guitar and bass playing as raw and gritty as possible. I generally don’t like the over-polished sound…I much rather prefer searching for notes in that moment and capturing that in my recordings.

I think part of the ‘fearless’ aspect was to free myself from the limitations we have nowadays where somehow the guitar has ended up being a competitive sport and the endless debates on speed and technical proficiency. I just feel playing with this level of freedom lends to a more natural  ‘conversational’ sound and feel to the song which is perfect for blues playing. In terms of tone, I’m a Fender fanati and the hardest part is deciding which Strat or Tele to use on the day. To my ears at least there’s something so appealing about their tone and even when recording it’s as if this constant process of trying to ‘tame’ the strat which really keeps you on your toes…it’s just so much fun!!!

I actually consider myself very fortunate as far as influences are concerned. Growing up it was of course listening to the likes of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and just being in awe of the phenomenal musicianship coming out of these bands. And growing up a few decades back, as a fan I’d really get invested in the lives off these musicians so somewhere I started

really getting drawn to band members who weren’t in the spotlight…guys like Izzie Stradlin and Brad Whitford Whose personalities aligned with my introvert personality…Later on John Frusciante was a huge influence…JJ Cale as well.

The great thing though is rock n roll is always a journey, and when I started reverting back to the roots more and more, particularly when I picked up the guitar again, discovering the blues artists was such a life-changing experience.

Going though hours and hours of records and live performances of Stevie Ray, Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters… its as if there was this world beyond the macro-world, full of these great musicians. But the one guy that really changed everything for me was Buddy Guy…‘Stone Crazy’ enough said!

Honestly, after I released ‘Zephyrs‘ I was thinking it might time to take a break from recording. But that all soon changed when I started practising and playing around in
general. I had a bunch of ideas lying around so that’s now got me working on the third EP which is titled ‘On The Pull’.

This is one is a definite back to the blues record…and already I can tell its just going to be very, very raw, very dirty record, and I really want to try and push the boundaries a bit in terms of the lyrical themes as well. I’m already getting excited about it because it’s reverting back to form after ‘Zephyrs‘ which was such a shift in gears. Hopefully I should have it done and available by May this year.

Personally, song-writing has to be an introspective experience, so to speak. It has to mean something to me more than anything else! I don’t have the ability to write a generic song because I wouldn’t know how to construct the lyrics to it. I’ve always believed that the experience of writing a song has to be built around trying to capture human experiences based on realism…honest human stories…

If we take the Leos Guitar EP, ‘Two In The Bush’ and ‘Lightnins-a-Howlin’ are just basic commentary on the advantages that the elite possess and how to get by on a day-to-day basis by playing the blues, while ‘Dorian’s Lament’ is my personal experience of keeping grounded to my roots while dealing with a world that’s socially and technologically evolving at a rapid pace.

Sometimes it seems most of my lyrics and song-ideas end up coming from just watching the news.

Finally,I’d really like to send out a message to musicians and artists who are dealing with a lot of online ‘trolling‘. It’s sad that there’s such harshness out there sometimes and that can
be a deterrence to young musicians learning their craft, or even great artists who may just choose not promote themselves… Be yourself! As a severe introvert, it has always been difficult for me to publicize or promote my music.

But once you realize that it’s your own creation and it’s something you will carry with you forever, own it and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

We live in a world of arbitrary are irrationally harsh, but it’s important to believe in what you do and what you create!

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ONLINE:

Official Website: www.izziescaravan.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHJqGlX2pIpAbae3jGlaYFQ

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/izziescaravan/

DISCOVER THE RE-BIRTH OF INDEPENDENT ROCK: “There’s a Growing Trend” soars the touching, piercing and powerful voice of Indie maverick and strong songwriter ‘Bryan Mullis’ a.k.a ‘By Small Ruin’ on new single ‘Some People’

Musical maverick, strong melodic songwriter and real life storyteller Bryan Mullis is fresh out of the studio with another rocking Alternative Pop Rock single entitled ‘Some People’.

The Radio friendly, uplifting, well written and produced driving rock single ‘Some People’ from BSR has crashing drums and a powerful melody with lyrics of strength, courage and determination .

‘Some People’ is an Independent victory song as Bryan Mullis sings “Some people want me to just give in But I got news my friendSome people will never box me in”.

By Small Ruin is an anagram for Bryan Mullis, keeping his music and lifestyle as true to self as possible.

The new single ‘Some People’ continues a string of powerful releases and musical stories from Bryan Mullis a.k.a ‘By Small Ruin’.

   DISCOVER THE RE-BIRTH OF INDEPENDENT ROCK: “There’s a Growing Trend” soars the touching, piercing  and powerful voice of Indie maverick and strong songwriter ‘Bryan Mullis’ a.k.a ‘This Small Ruin’ on new single ‘Some People’  – Discover Rock

The History of BSR

Busking since high school, the college dropout has made his way across the country playing to anyone who listened. His talent and dedication lead to sharing the stage with artists like DAWES, WILD and Briston Maroney.

As a teen, one of Bryan’s favourite activities with his friends was climbing water towers and hanging upside down from the top by only their knees.

Bryan was notorious for doing what he wanted, when he wanted, including sneaking out of his parent’s house and hitch-hiking a 10-hour ride to Florida to surprise his girlfriend on the beach.

More recently, Bryan’s brother almost lost his life in a car accident. Dealing with those feelings inspired his musical journey that brought him unforetold adventures.

He often tells the story of being attacked in a convenience store which:

“lead to a full-fledged movie-like fight that included knocking over shelves and throwing beer bottles. The store was destroyed.”

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From waking up to SWAT teams thinking the band’s van was owned by a nearby active shooter, to unexpectedly playing a nudist pool party of 100+ people, BSR’s thrilling lifestyle is certainly rendered in their music and performance.

The brand new single ‘Some People  from ‘By Small Ruin’ is out now.

BSR ONLINE:

https://soundcloud.com/bysmallruin/some-people

https://open.spotify.com/track/0SOYVqGChbfLBzxf8E2KTx?si=3xYUKX9MSvCXozwvgHVv_w

https://youtu.be/eYtPsThQ_uU

Official Site: www.bysmallruin.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bysmallruin/
Twitter https://twitter.com/BySmallRuin
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bysmallruin/

LYRICS SPECIAL – SOME PEOPLE – BY SMALL RUIN

Cast my lot		

The only one that can take a shot		

By myself a lot		

I'm all alone, but I'm all I got		

		

And there's a growing trend	

Some people want me to just give in	

But I got news my friend	

Some people will never box me in	

		

Take you down a notch		

Damned if you do, damned if you do not		

You know it's all a game to them		

I'm gonna win it, rob them blind		

		

And there's a growing trend	

Some people want me to just give in	

But I got news my friend	

Some people will never box me in	

		

The less you give it, the more it takes

And unless you live it, it will fade away

Write it off to 'my head's in the clouds', it can plague some people

Lighters up in a room with a crowd, let me find my people.

The more you give it, the less it takes

And until I live it, I won't go away

		

There's a growing trend	

Some people want me to just give in	

But I got news my friend	

Some people will never box me in	

Yeah	

Some people want me to just give in	

Oh, but I got news	

Some people will never box me in	

They'll never box me in