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DISCOVER ELECTRONIC POP DROPS OF 2020: ‘N2BLÜ’ release a meditative, infectious ‘pop mantra’ of a single with the reflective, catchy, warm and poppy sleek journey of ‘Better Now’

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

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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 The Ashes”, 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 Peter Rauhofer 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.

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ONLINE:

https://www.facebook.com/N2BLU
https://twitter.com/n2_blu
www.instagram.com/n2bluofficial

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7pxvxHYI7ZqIoaMoIx6HaL
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/better-now-single/1511920583
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/n2blu/better-now
Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/albums/B0886JT96F?trackAsin=B0886K515B&ref=dm_sh_b638-d1b5-dmcp-d7aa-84b78&musicTerritory=US&marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoOPflBmcDs

DISCOVER CLASSIC GRUNGE PIONEERS: Get the rock n’ roll 3 decade lowdown on Seattle grunge legends ‘The Fire Ants’ as they get you rocking and ‘Stripped’

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.

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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.

ONLINE:

Website: www.facebook.com/StrippedFireAnts/

Read More about the history of ‘The Fire Ants’ at Thebandcampdiaries

DISCOVER MUSIC PR 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’

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 

Charli I Love Me

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.

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Doing music and writing what I feel, and also writing what I want to be, helped me to overcome all the difficulties.

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  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 !

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