Guantanamo Bae took inspiration for this single from time spent working as a prison guard in Guantanamo Bay. Experiencing a spectrum of emotions while dealing with the secluded conditions, GB wrote ‘Happy Sadness’. This creative piece, in today’s climate of isolation due to the global pandemic, provides an uplifting dance track that allows the listener to zone out and enjoy the positive energy emitted from this single.
James Jager’s remix of the single adds to the original intention of GB by creating an epic dance track that is expertly produced, allowing the listener to disappear into the euphoric flow of the melody effortlessly. Various instrumental drops throughout the track, like the one found around the three minute mark, add just the right amount of space for anticipation to build, resulting in a gratifying sound that will absolutely please fans of dance music.
A powerful bass-line, coupled with panned instrumentation, an energetic beat and an addictive vocal line amalgamate to form a sound that is both unique to James Jager and true to the original single. Make sure you follow James and GB on their social media to keep up to date with upcoming releases and performances!
About The Artists
James Jager is a DJ and Producer who is currently based in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.
Finishing his engineering degree at Drexel University, James went on to pursue a career in the music industry.
Performing at venues that include NOTO Philadelphia, Rec & Royal and Warehouse on Watts, James has played alongside acts such as Bassjackers, DJ Hollywood and Morgan Page.
Continually seeking to progress his diverse creativity, James features both original, as well as “hand selected tracks” in his performances, with no genre being considered “off limits”.
Guantanamo Bae’s (GB) prodigious power to compose innovative and superior EDM tracks began as a pastime in college that fused into publishing on streaming platforms. Garnering responses from exuberant supporters, GB turned his attention to live performances, a serious-minded craft that is as important to producing the music alone.
Amid the global explosion of Electronic Dance Music, a genre that thrives almost exclusively in nightclubs and festivals of cosmopolitan cities, GB emerged from the small farm town of DeSoto, Missouri. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he relocated to New York City to attend college and the music passion began.
Experimenting with GarageBand and advancing to Ableton GB., GB was able to share tracks with close friends at house parties and small club gatherings in New York City.
Guantanamo Bae understands everyone’s need for a diversion from these challenging. He accomplishes this by incorporating melodic mixes and uplifting elements that is a celebration on the dance floor.
With sizeable performances shows forthcoming, GB is excited and focused to carry on his rapid rise out of a small farm town to the around the globe.
Formed in 1987, Paradise Motel initially consisted of Ray and Tim Mussell, Glenn Ellery, and Bernie Parenteau, all members from the small town of Drayton Valley Alberta, Canada. In their three decades of inception, the band went through a roller coaster ride and yet continued to produce remarkable music for their fans, marking their unique space in the music industry.
One of the band’s latest projects is a full-fledged album called “Black Dove” featuring 11 astounding tracks, showcasing the band’s remarkable vocal, instrumental and lyrical prowess.
Paradise Motel released their music video to the single “If You Ever Leave Me ” from the album ‘Black Dove’.
It’s directed by B. Joel Cran and produced by Chantelle Mussell & B. Joel Cran and released via Mussell Records.
The video has a retro, fun, light-hearted, traditional 90’s theme, honky tonk kind of a Rockabilly feel and look.
DISCOVER COUNTRY ROCK OF 2020: With a warm well produced country sound, ‘Paradise Motel’ ride into lockdown towns with big, real, sentimental, fun and melodic songs on their touching, epic and grand album ‘Black Dove’
“If You Ever Leave Me” hovered around as an idea for a song for about 30 years. Glenn Ellery is the primary writer and I remember us chatting about “If you ever leave me, can I come too?” as early as 1990.
Glenn presented a rough demo and after some adjustments and alterations in the chorus and the bed tracks we produced what you’re about to hear. It’s a fun kind of a tongue-in-cheek look at traditional country music and we really enjoyed the process of taking it from rough demo to the finished song. We hope you like it!!Ray Mussell.
Formed in 1987, Paradise Motel initially consisted of Ray and Tim Mussell, Glenn Ellery, and Bernie Parenteau, all members from the small town of Drayton Valley Alberta, Canada. In their three decades of inception, the band went through a roller coaster ride and yet continued to produce remarkable music for their fans, marking their unique space in the music industry. One of the band’s latest projects is a full-fledged album called “Black Dove” featuring 11 astounding tracks, showcasing the band’s remarkable vocal, instrumental and lyrical prowess.
In this exclusive interview, the band describes their amazing journey so far, going through the death of two band members and upcoming projects, including the single “If you ever leave me”.
Interviewer: Tell us how Paradise Motel was formed?
Paradise Motel: Paradise Motel was formed in 1987. It consisted of Ray and Tim Mussell, Glenn Ellery, and Bernie Parenteau. All members were from the same small town of Drayton Valley Alberta Canada.
Interviewer: Describe your journey so far.
Paradise Motel: The band started out doing smaller shows and weekend club dates. They became a recording act in 1990 with a release on a compilation CD entitled Western and Country. We started recording their debut self-titled album in 1991. At this point, all members still had full-time jobs. The first single, “Fire In The Hole” was released in 1992 and was followed up with a video on CMT.
We were starting to gain recognition and invited to appear at Fan Fair in Nashville. In 1992, we went full-time touring and toured extensively for two and a half years playing in venues in Canada and the USA, opening for major label acts, doing festivals, and major circuit clubs. Though eventually, we folded in 1994.
Interviewer: How did things change for the band after the death of two band members?
Paradise Motel: Sadly, Bernie Parenteau, the drummer passed away in 2008 and Tim Mussell passed away in 2012. It was after Tim passed away that Glenn and Ray started recording demo tracks.
Interviewer: Tell us more about your latest project “Black Dove”.
Paradise Motel: Glenn and Ray recorded the original demo track for Black Dove in 2013. Through the next 5 years, the project grew in scope to what it has become today. 2 full studio albums, 4 YouTube videos with the debut being “Black Dove” and 3 more videos ready to release. 4 more videos are in the planning stages to complete 8 single releases over the next 2 years.
Interviewer: Tell s about your upcoming single “If you ever leave me” from the album Black Dove?
Paradise Motel: “If you ever Leave Me” from the album Black Dove is releasing on the 2nd of June, 2020 along with a music Video on YouTube.
Interviewer: What is your inspiration to make music?
Paradise Motel: The love of creating something tangible from a simple idea and seeing it come to fruition
Interviewer: What other projects are you currently working on?
Paradise Motel: Ray Mussell of Paradise Motel is currently collaborating with Canadian Country Music star, Aaron Pritchett, on a family-based recording project, aptly named “Family Business “. One family producing and one family performing. This will be a world-class, multi-genre project with 2 generations performing and producing this record. Most, if not all material on this project will be original.
More information about the band can be found on their official website paradisemotel.com.
Christopher Dallman ditches the acoustic guitar for a synth-driven cinematic indie-pop sound on new single with Album to Follow.
After one album and three EPs with a folky vibe, Christopher Dallman ditches the acoustic guitar and singer/songwriter sound on his transcendent new album DIGITAL BLUE.
On these 13 distinct yet unified tracks, Dallman explores a bold and genre-bending electronic soundscape that draws from Pop, Electronic, Alternative, and even Jazz, taking the listener on an evocative, cinematic journey.
Summer 2020 will see the release of 5 singles from DIGITAL BLUE – including TIME OF MY LIFE, which premiered on 88.9 WYMS RADIO MILWAUKEE on June 4th – culminating in the September 23rd release of the album to streaming outlets as well as on Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl and Compact Disc.
A&R FACTORY says this: “The haunting soundscape fuses elements of darkwave synth-pop with contemporary yet cinematic Indie.”
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dallman moved to New York City at 18, where he honed his chops at local open mics before signing with Treasure Records for his debut album RACE THE LIGHT.
In 2004, Dallman relocated to Los Angeles, where he recorded 3 EPs, including SAD BRITNEY, a record of Britney Spears covers that reached #7 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts.
DISCOVER SYNTH POP 2020: ‘Christopher Dallman’ releases ‘Time of my Life’ off forthcoming album ‘Digital Blue’ – Discover Media Digital Synth Pop Explosion 2020
His video for GHOSTS reached #1 on MTVmusic.com, and he has licensed his music to MTV’s The Real World, Hallmark, Lifetime, and various independent films.
Dallman has toured the US and overseas, sharing the stage with the likes of Amos Lee, Jonathan Rice, Ben Lee, and Amy Helms.
Gianluca Gallo, singer, composer, music producer was born in Italy.
“Here from early childhood my parents recognized and developed my musical talent” he says.
He entered and attended Musical Conservatory of Palermo, where he graduated as Guitar Maestro.
“Since then I have made my music experience live on stage and in studio, besides working with such singers like Umberto Tozzi, Los Locos, Luca Barbarossa”.
Gianluca Gallo has organized and directed various Italian music Festivals and been honoured to judge international song contests in Italy and worldwide.
Gianluca Gallo speaks about his creation process, “I have my music recording studio based in Latvia where I create complete music and sound design”
Tell us about Susanna your new single ?
“Susanna” was born spontaneously as the most part of my compositions due to the catchy theme in my head.
DISCOVER UK EURO MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2020: ‘Gianluca Gallo’ drops the cool, catchy, fun pop single and animated music video ‘Susanna’
The song has been posted in various Spotify playlists. The song Susanna is definitely the song of the summer 2020, made to have fun, to dance, and to enjoy a beautiful evening.
Born in Agrigento in 1974, Gianluca Gallo began playing the guitar at the age of only 12 and by the age of 13 she passed her exams entering the Music Conservatory of Palermo. At the age of 16, he formed his first Rock group, not neglecting his studies at the Conservatory. In the meantime he began composing and singing Italian Rock style songs and after having sent auditions to various show agencies, he was called to perform the vaudeville of some singers such as Francesco Baccini, Luca Barbarossa, Andrea Mingardi, Los Locos.
In 1998 he recorded a song titled (Quanto Tempo) and it is thanks to this song that has been successful in Sicily and southern Italy, this song is passed on the radio and Gianluca is called as a guest in various events of Piazza and also host of television programs .
In 1999 he began his Tournée with 7 dates in the Sicilian squares, with Pop Rock songs written by himself, obtaining great favor from the public and reaching in some squares an audience of 5,000 people.
In 2001 he finally released his first single CD titled (Un tuffo al Mare) a joking single that goes a bit ‘out of the rules, the electro-pop-Latin style, and this time begins another tour with 10 dates.
In 2007 comes the single (È Tardi … Arrivederci) that brings Gianluca a decent success in Italy, first through a television commercial that uses the song and then through over 400 national radio stations that pass the song.
In the spring of 2018, Mackenzie Nicole unveiled her debut album, The Edge.
It’s songs tallied over 1 million Spotify streams, and her videos totalled 8 million-plus views.
On the outside, Mackenzie seemed to be a happy and fearless 18-year-old whose hard work and talent was starting to pay off. On the inside, she was literally fighting for her life.
She explains, “The first time I remember contemplating suicide, I was six years old, so I’ve been no stranger to mental illness. However, I learned how to cohabitate with my demons, viewing my suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and OCD as a sort of haunted house in which I was forced to reside.”
She continues, “When I thought I could suffer no more surprises at the hands of my mental state, I was blindsided by an acute mental breakdown that overtook my entire life. When my psychiatrist diagnosed me with bipolar I disorder, I felt a sense of relief.”
As Mackenzie dove into her ongoing journey of recovery, she also had a responsibility to start writing and recording a new album.
With a sense of obligation to her own mental health and a need to reach anybody else that might be struggling, Mystic was born.
“I knew immediately the story must be told. I promptly began recording an autobiographical chronicle of my odyssey through the stages of mental health.”
Tapping into a reflective and ethereal vibe throughout the songs and visual story, she shares her innermost insecurities, struggles, and triumphs, hoping to connect with others through shared experiences. Mystic is more than a concept album. It is a personal yet relatable journal both musically and visually.
“This is an important topic,” says Mackenzie. “I wanted to handle it in an artistic and personal way. If you have been in the dark place, you know it is a little monster always ready to destroy you. I hope people walk away with a greater understanding of themselves and others.
DISCOVER SHORT FILMS AND MUSIC VIDEO TRENDS of 2020: ‘Mackenzie Nicole’ drops a forward thinking epic musical film with her modern masterpiece ‘Mystic’ out now on Strange Films – Discover Music PR.
Mystic is out now on Strange Main (the pop music division of Strange Music.)
Pop Dance masters N2BLÜ return in true style with an incredible, epic and different pop single.
The new single ‘Better Now’ comes packed with an electro ‘Cloudbusting’ beat vibe and ‘The Might be Giants’ pop flair and could be their biggest hit yet.
Shimmering synths, pounding drums, warm sensitive vocals and lyrics, 80’s pop sensibility and a big song treatment.
If this doesn’t stick in your head nothing will.
When asked about the meaning behind the single Jonathan from N2BLÜ said:
“Better Now is a very personal song about a past relationship and a past version of myself (Jonathan). I used to feel unworthy of love and that lead me to relationships and people that weren’t the healthiest. The journey to self acceptance is not an easy one and it never really ends. It’s something we have to work on every day and all we can really hope for is to be better now than we were then”.
LYRICS SPOTLIGHT – BETTER NOW
Better Now by N2BLÜ
Just like a hole in the heart of the ocean
You make me wish that I could drown
Keep pouring myself into your void of emotions
As your anchor pulls me down
And I’m losing myself just to feed your ego
But it’s never enough to make this love grow
Even though we don’t fit, you don’t stop me trying Leaving me the only one crying
But I know better now I know better I I know better now I know better I I know better now Better now
Better now Better now Better now Better now
Wearing the mask of someone who knows love
Your flashing colors draw me in
Painting my fantasy as you fit me like a glove
Where you end and I begin?
You keep drawing me in with flames of passion
When all that I want is your love reaction
Even though it’s not right, I still do it for you
Hoping someday you’ll be the one that’s true
But I know better now I know better I I know better now I know better I I know better now Better now
Better now Better now Better now Better now
You were the one I thought I wanted You were the one I thought I needed You were what I thought I deserved I deserve
You were the one I thought I wanted You were the one I thought I needed You were what I thought I deserved I deserve…
Better now I know better I I know better now I know better I
I know better now Better now Better now
Better now Better now Better now I deserve better now I deserve better now
Better now Better now Better now I know better I
I know better now I know better Better now
Better now Better now
HISTORY OF N2BLÜ
The previous hit single from N2BLÜ was entitled ‘Again’.
Born in New Orleans, Jonathan Arceneaux started singing not long after he learned to talk and hasn’t stopped singing since!
At a very young age Jonathan began his career as a singer in a church choir and started taking voice lessons in both classical and musical theatre styles. During his High School years in Baton Rouge, LA, Jonathan continued singing in the choir and participated in several musical theatre productions. He also started to tap into his writing talents as a freshman in High School, drawing inspiration from some of his favourite bands and artists like Better Than Ezra, Duncan Sheik and Savage Garden.
Over the years following, Jonathan began to realize that his true passion was singing and writing Pop music, so he changed his focus from classical and music theatre to be a full time Pop singer/songwriter. He is a passionate, true artist with emotional expression through his writing, production, and performance. Jonathan also enjoys collaborating with other artists to meld unique tastes in sound and texture.
In 2008 he worked with hit producers I-ROC (Universal Music/HappyMadison Productions/BZEE ROC) and RADIO (Chris Brown’s “Dreamer”/Blake Lewis’ “End of the World”).
As a result of the collaboration with RADIO in 2009, Jonathan released “From TheAshes”, under the name Jay Arseno, his sophomore follow up to his debut album in 2008, “Face In You Crowd”, under the name Jonathan Adam.
After the loss of his father to kidney cancer in August of 2009, Jonathan took some time off from music and in 2013 he decided to move from his home in Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA for an immersive experience in the heart of the music industry.
While he learned a lot about the industry and himself, Los Angeles was not a good fit for him. So, in 2015 Jonathan decided to get back to his roots and move back home to the Big Easy, New Orleans. Not long after moving to New Orleans, Jonathan met Konstantin Smorodnikov, a personal trainer originally from Russia who had a love and talent for music as well.
Jonathan and Konstantin had an instant connection as friends and decided to start working on music together. While Jonathan came from more of a pop music writing background and classical vocal training, Konstantin’s background was in the club and dance music scene. The next couple of years lead to the duo developing a seamless blending of Jonathan’s lyrics and vocals and Konstantin’s beats and instrumentation to create a sound all their own. In July 2018 they were approached by Loren Israel to participate in his song writing mentorship program.
Little did Jonathan and Konstantin know that this would be an integral turning point in their musical journey.
After a year of instruction, guidance, and tough love from Loren and by honing their skills in song writing and lyricism, they have emerged as the duo, N2BLÜ.
Born and raised in Kostroma, Russia, Konstantin Smorodnikov fell in love with music at early age. It was the structure of rhythm and arrangement that most interested him.
Around 15 is when he was introduced to computer music production.
At 18 moved to America where spent most of his 20’s going out to local dance clubs and learning all he could about technical side of production and sound engineering. He drew inspiration from DJ’s like PeterRauhofer and Abel Aguilera.
In 2016 he met Jonathan Arceneaux. They realized that they both shared a passion for similar sounds and ideas in music and decided to give a musical partnership a shot.
The Fire Ants may not have gained worldwide popularity yet, but they need no introduction to the fans of the Seattle sound that defined a generation.
The year was 1992 when Seattle’s grunge scene was making waves across the city, and the band released their six-song EP “Stripped” on Dekema Records.
The EP was recorded by legendary Sub Pop and grunge producer Jack Endino, who also recorded and produced albums for Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden.
He is credited with helping to create Seattle’s grunge movement and sound. The album was remastered by Endino in 2015 and re-released by Dekema Records as a Deluxe Edition with nine additional demo tracks the band recorded back in 1992, prior to the Endino sessions, with Marty Jourard, a member of 80’s New Wave band The Motels.
Members of The Fire Ants band include Chad Channing, Nirvana’s original drummer, Brian and Kevin Wood (brothers of Andrew Wood, formerly of Mother Love Bone) and Dan McDonald (former bassist for Native Messiah and Strait Face).
Chad was the drummer on Nirvana’s first album “Bleach”, and he originally played on demos for what would become the “Nevermind” album.
Brian and Kevin’s brother Andrew Wood was the lead singer of Mother Love Bone until his passing in 1990. The members of Mother Love Bone went on to team up with Eddie Vedder and became Pearl Jam.
Prior to The Fire Ants, Kevin and Andrew Wood were in the influential Seattle band Malfunkshun.
The band’s record Stripped received a great response from grunge fans when it was initially released back in 1992.
The opening track of the album, “Bodies by the Side of the Road” reminds one of bands like Guns N’ Roses and Stone Temple Pilots while “Mine, His, Alive” is the most hard-hitting track on the album with its monolithic guitar riffs and gnarly vocal tones.
The song “100 Wives” has Led Zeppelin influences, and the intro to “Waiting on Your Love” has a hard-hitting rock and roll vibe.
The demo track “She Drove Me Crazy” offers a cool insight into the band’s rehearsal process.
All in all, the album has a certain nostalgia as it acts as a memory of an era when grunge music evolved over a decade from having a softer side to taking a dark twist in the second half of the ’90s.
Listen to the album Stripped (Deluxe Edition) on Spotify.com.
The debut single ‘I Love Me’ from ‘Charli’ is out now globally.
‘Charli’ reveals the story behind the music and her incredible melodic and soulful 80’s esque debut pop single ‘I Love Me’.
CHARLI – ARTIST INTERVIEW
Where did your name ‘Charli’ come from ?
When I was in France, everybody called me Charly Gee.
Were you always making music ?
I was this singer-songwriter, super creative and powerful who was hiding herself by collaborating with different people (96 records, The Ware, Jule Aston as Anoï Feard).
Are you still based in France ?
After fighting with myself to understand who I am, I realized that my dreams were somewhere else : in Los Angeles.
How has this influenced you and your music ?
It’s a new beginning, a new adventure, a new chapter, I changed my name and I wrote about 30 songs.
My first track is “I LOVE ME“.
How has music influenced you as a human being ?
Music helped me to be the woman I am now.
Doing music and writing what I feel, and also writing what I want to be, helped me to overcome all the difficulties.
WEEKLY MUSIC EXPRESS NEW MUSIC INTERVIEWS: The beautiful soulful presence of ‘Charli’ arrives with a smooth, sensual and 80’s sheened ballad on the timeless personal ‘I Love Me’ – Weekly Music Express UK
What is your mission behind making and sharing your music ?
I want to help others to feel powerful and happy as I am now. Never forget that you deserve to be happy !