Published on April 10 2014

Nicolas Falcon's music is a true guilty pleasure: we can't get enough! And why would we? This self-taught musician has the talent to write witty lyrics, find catchy melodies that just make you want to hum along to, all the while managing to keep it all simple and unpretentious. His Cuban roots and soft voice traveled from his native America to China, with a 4-year halt in Italy. The result? A warm and authentic international folk music. So, just get on board- I'm sure the replay button won't mind the continuous hits.

"Art in general is just taking something visceral and refining it..." - Nicolas Falcon

Hey Nicolas! To begin, can you tell our readers who Nicolas Falcon is & what is his story?

Well, my story is I was born in Houston, TX to Cuban immigrants, grew up in Miami, FL, went to college in Gainesville, FL, lived in Philly for 3 years, Milan, Italy for 4 and currently live in Shanghai, China.


How did you start making music? Was it something you've always done, or was there a trigger moment in your life ?

I've always liked singing, but I didn't start playing an instrument till I was about 12. My dad had bought me drumsticks when I was about 8 or 9 and taught me some paradiddles. I thought it was fun, but never thought I'd actually put them to any use, till one day after our weekly Sunday bowling he led me into a drum shop and showed me a basic beat. I struggled with it for a couple of hours. I went back the next day and had it down. I really got into the drums so my dad got me a used kit shortly after that. I was happy just playing the drums. Around the same time I was discovering all this great music from the 60's and 70's. I don't remember why I picked up the guitar a couple of years later. I think it was my mom's idea. Anyway, I found myself really wanting a guitar and not really knowing why. I taught myself some chords out of the back of a book I found and started writing my own songs before I really learned how to play any covers. The next year I had the same inexplicable urge to get a multitrack recorder and start recording my songs. Then I got a keyboard shortly after that in more or less the same kind of whim and the one-man band was pretty complete. Since then I haven't been able to stop writing and recording.

"Art in general is just taking something visceral and refining it..." - Nicolas Falcon

How would you describe yourself, from a strictly musical point of view? (genres, influences, musical tastes and background, favorite instrument, etc...)

Genres: international folk, jazz, manouche, indie, blues. I'm not really good with genres. With the exception of very generic stuff, it's all music to me. I know I really like minor scales and unpredictable chords change. I can't really get into anything proggy or repetitive.

Influences: The Pixies, The Violent Femmes, Morphine, Portishead, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Cure, Jacques Brel, The Beatles, Django Reinhardt, The Velvet Underground, STP, The Strokes, Radiohead, The Brazilian Girls, Buena Vista Social Club, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith and Claude Debussy among many others.

The instrument I have the most fun playing is probably the drums. The instrument I couldn't live without is the guitar. In fact, I need to go buy a guitar cause I got rid of the ones I had when I moved to China a couple of weeks ago.


You're a singer, a musician but also a songwriter. How would you describe your lyrics, and what is the inspiration behind them?

I don't know that I would try to describe my lyrics. They're quite varied for one. I have serious stuff and stupid hokey stuff too. It depends on my mood and what I've got going on in my life when I write it. I've been writing for a pretty long time, so a lot of it depends on when I wrote it too. I'd leave this one to my listeners. I'm curious to know what they think, assuming they listen to and/or understand them (I know in Italy a lot of people didn't).


Can you tell us more about your debut, self-titled album? (You can listen to it here).

I recorded it in Philadelphia after losing my job. I had written the songs between 2004 and 2008. It was just a selection of the songs I thought were catchy enough, or that people had told me were worth recording. I recorded most of it at home, then went into a local studio to record the vocals and have it mixed and mastered. I'm not really happy with how it came out, but then again I'm not perfectly happy with any of my recordings and wouldn't mind redoing most of them.

Falcon & the Featherwights - Album cover

Falcon & the Featherwights - Album cover

Who are the Featherweights that accompany you in this EP? How did this pairing happen? Is there much difference in the creative process between making a record on your own, and being with a band?
The Featherweights are Marco 'Mamo' Betti (drums) and Francesco Palmisano (keys). They are two Milanese guys I met through a friend of mine whose also a musician. We played together for about 2 years. There are several differences between this and my solo stuff. For starters, Francesco added a lot of clever bits I could never play on my own. Then, Mamo's drumming style is quite different from mine, which gives the songs a different feel. We recorded the base live, overdubbing just the lead guitar, vocals and other little embellishments (like the squeaking rubber pig in Pervert) which I think inevitably make for an entirely different feel from multi tracking everything or almost everything at home alone.


What would be your best advice on how to create a song (writing, composing, recording)?

I don't know if I would give advice on this. I know when I try too hard or at the wrong time it comes off contrived and I hate it. I guess the best stuff comes about spontaneously, then you have to edit it and work out all the rough edges. I think art in general is just taking something visceral and refining it so that the conscious more rational mind doesn't find it commonplace or stupid. But I have a degree in Engineering so don't take it from me; not that I 'd make a good Engineer, but I'm probably even less of an expert on art.

There are songs out there that are perfect for weddings, or funerals, or dance floors. If you were to imagine the perfect scenery to match your music, what would it be?

My stuff is definitely not perfect for dance floors. I know that. It might be interesting to hear The Marrying Kind playing at a wedding. This is a really tough question. I would be interested in having people who are into my music answer this one.

"Art in general is just taking something visceral and refining it..." - Nicolas Falcon

Do you have any live experience you would like to share ? Your favorite performance, or maybe a particular/funny anecdote ?

My favorite performance was in Hamburg just off the Reeperbahn at a place called Hasenschaukel. It is (or was-not sure it's still there) an awesome venue. I went there two summers in a row: first alone, then with the Featherweights when we did our little tour of Germany. The audience was very quiet and listened very closely. Whenever anyone would try to talk, we'd hear "Shhh…" They really got into the music. Street playing in Berlin was fun. We got an unopened bottle of Ballantines as a tip from one person, which a Canadian homeless person drank most of before passing out by us in Neukölln. We were harassed by all kinds of strange/interesting characters and I kept a journal if you want more details. I know I'm forgetting the best one right now. I'd have to go read through it.


You've already released one LP (your debut album) and several EPs (Falcon & the Featherweights, Songs from the Aaahtic, With the Aaahhchestra -with the band Keyboard Rebel...). Can we expect a new full-lentgh album in the near future?

I have too much music and I'm dying to record and release all of it. I just need to get a band together, or get settled in properly in Shanghai with my recording setup. I have a couple of songs I've put up on my soundcloud which will be on my next 9-song album. I have like 10 I want to get down right after that. So not 1, but at least 2 albums are on the way as soon as I can get them recorded properly.


Nicolas Falcon - Cyanide Surprise live for InMyKitchen

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Interviews

Published on April 4 2014

Heavy guitars, frenetic rhythms, catchy melodies and monsters: this is all you'll find on this explosive EP, Songs About Monsters, by Those Things. This Canadian band, lead by a female singer, serves a punchy punk rock sound... and we just can't get enough!

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Who are “Those Things” ? What’s the band’s story ? How did you all meet?

Carly: I firstly met Jeff while working with him at a rock n roll themed hair salon. Jeff's barber station was right behind my desk, so we got to know each other mostly as acquaintances, but when the opportunity to play a fundraiser came up, that's when we really got to know each other through our shared love for performing. We went through a bunch of hectic stuff together like jerk bosses & reality TV shows, which only strengthened our friendship and gave us some fuel for the fire. I knew Ken before I met Jeff, I always thought that Ken was such a professional and talented fellow. It was a excellent surprise that he wanted to play with us!


How is the work divided in your band ? Do you each have specific tasks for the creation process (lyrics, composition etc.) ?

Jeff: I usually bring in the initial lyrics and a basic melody or guitar riff, everyone puts their stamp on it, Ray pushes it forward with his crazy drumming and Ken records it! Carly: I like to add my pizazz onto Jeff's compositions, adding prosody as well as sometimes acting as critic. I am a songwriter as well, but Jeff writes often and well, so it's nice for me to be able to take the passenger seat sometimes, and just let him do his thing.

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Carly, you are the only girl in the band. How does it feel like working with men only ?
Carly: Well, when it comes to hair and makeup, I'm on my own. I am a big fan of my male bandmates, I feel pretty backed up both musically and also say in a place like a rowdy bar. It's pretty common for drunk slobbery dudes to try and kiss pretty ladies, and I've been grateful for my big brothers being around, although I think Ken would probably let it happen and laugh his head off.


And guys, do you think that having a female lead singer makes a difference and brings something more to the band ?
Jeff: Absolutely, she brings a perspective and energy to the band that we just can’t bring.


You music is undoubtedly lively, mixing catchy melodies, heavy guitars and an intense rhythm. In your new album, Songs About Monsters, you never rest for a minute. Where do you get all this energy ? Do you also perform/record/write slower songs?
Jeff: I guess the energy comes from excitement for the music. I love playing my guitar and I can’t help but get hyper and once that starts there’s really no stopping it! We have some slower songs too, we’re hoping to put out an EP soon that will feature some of them!
Carly: I let the feel of the music guide me. The rhythms get me all pumped up, as well as the subject matter. When I'm singing about learning how to drive for the first time in "Another Something's Wrong Song", I am channelling the anxiety and excitement of putting your foot down on the petal, and potentially losing control.

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© Those Things

Tell us more about the album. Who are the monsters you sing about?
Jeff: Well, the main theme of the songs on the album is that we are all monsters in our own way. Usually we don’t realize it until it’s too late and the damage is done. We all haunt someone, somewhere, much like we’re all haunted ourselves.


Is there any meaning behind the album’s artwork ?
Jeff: I like the art because when you first look at it, you may not notice what’s really going on... it takes a few seconds to realize that there’s something creepy in the eyes, and that again goes back to the idea that we all have something that may not be noticeable at first, that takes time to see. This could be a good or a bad thing!


Are there any particular messages you would like to convey through this album, and through your music in general?
Carly: Through music I have a platform for my voice, and what I see and feel. Songs about Monsters touches on the afterlife, as well as the chaos and mysticism we experience in this life. I feel a certain level of shamanic energies working through me when I am exposing and delving into those places, which can be invigorating, and it may sound out there, but healing.

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I am pretty sure your music goes to a whole other dimension when played live. Do you have any live memories or anecdotes you would like to share ?
Carly: I showed up right on time to play our last show, and Jeff had started tuning my guitar for me like a nice friend, when the D tuning peg flew off. So there was a choice to make. I could just sing or … find a guitar somewhere! After searching the bar and talking to a bunch of people who have no idea who I was, one dude pointed me to a flailing arm in the crowd, he was the owner of a black Strat with a Canadian flag strap on it. Not my typical choice of style, but she played beautifully for me.


What about upcoming live shows ? Anything planned ?
Jeff: Our next show will be the vinyl release party. It will be on May 23rd at the Railway Club here in Vancouver, BC!


If we took a look in you musical library, what would we find ?
Carly: The Slits, Neko Case, Black Mountain, Woody Guthrie and lots of indie music.
Jeff: I’m really all over the map, I just love a good melody and of course interesting guitar playing. My favorite bands are actually the more obscure local bands I saw growing up, like Wagbeard and the Smalls from Alberta, Canada. When I saw those guys making music I realized I could do it too!

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Published on #Interviews

Published on March 28 2014

"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey

Welcome to Robin Grey's musical universe, where no unnecessary flourish is needed. If we had to describe the work of this London singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist in just a few words... Simple, but not simplistic, and yet ravishing. But why limit oneself to only a few words? That's certainly not what Robin, as a poet, storyteller and songwriter, would do. And some might say that actions speak louder than words, so have a listen for yourself: a guaranteed delight for your ears! And in the meantime, get to know the man and the artist.

First of all, can you introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Robin Grey and I am a musician from London. I have been pottering around with music most my life and accidentally made four albums in the process.
Double bass and classical guitar were my two main instruments for many years; recently I started focussing more on singing, song writing and folk music.
I have some lovely and very talented friends who have been lending a hand with recording and performing my songs including a Polish violinist called Basia Bartz, an accordion player from Somerset called Caitlin Roberts and a lass by the name of Candy Parfitt, whose sings like an angel.


When did you start making music? What is your fondest musical memory?
My grandparents will vouch for the fact that I have been singing since I was tiny. Apparently I used to belt out a great version of ‘Raindrops keep falling on my head’ when I was five or six years old.
I have played in bands and written songs from the moment I picked up a guitar which was around age fourteen, although I played oboe and piano when I was ten for a few years.
Singing in choirs also featured heavily in my childhood, I got to perform with Cliff Richard in the Royal Albert Hall in London when I was sixteen and was blown away by how good the tambourine player was – I had no idea that instrument was so versatile in the right pair of hands.
Fondest musical memory – gosh, there are so many. I did a show backed by a full symphony orchestra and choir with a band I was in at university. It was our fourth gig and we played to a huge sold out concert hall. That will certainly stay with me the rest of my life.

"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey

Your writing style is very interesting: poetic but also intriguing! What drove you towards songwriting ? What do you mostly write about?

I always wrote songs from the moment I learnt my first few chords. It seemed like a natural thing to do with a guitar. I grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen – all artists who craft fine songs (or pay others to craft fine songs for them!)
I have also always written poetry and had this published long before I worked out how to sing in tune and set any of my words to music in a way that others might choose to listen to.
I mostly write from my own experiences and perspective, often commenting or reacting to events happening around me in the process. I have started to tell stories more in recent years such as the founding of my favourite community food growing project in ‘The Ballad Of Hawkwood’.



Your music is simple yet rich with different –and sometimes unexpected- instruments. How do you come up with all of these sounds?

I have been acquiring and collecting instruments since I was a teenager. I now have a great little studio which is totally rammed full of anything and everything I can get my hands on including a piano, double bass, electric bass, classical guitar, folk guitar, dulcimer, electric guitar, kids organ, harmonium, mandolin, keyboard, ukulele, banjo and many percussion instruments.
When I am arranging a song I’m recording myself, I often just take turns at picking instruments off the walls and jamming along with a recording until I am happy.
More recently I have been arranging and recording songs live with other musicians but getting people all in a room at the same time in London can be really hard and expensive as you need more space and expertise with recording equipment.

"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey

'More than today' is your 4th album. Was the creative process different from the 3 previous one?
‘More Than Today’ feels like my first album really – all the others were nice accidents. This is the first time I have set out to make an album knowing what I was doing and being fully happy with the result. It also took me three times as long as my first three albums - I put no pressure on myself to get it done and I feel the end result benefits from this.
Every song was recorded in a different way with a different combinations of musicians in different studios. Some songs came together in less than a day, some took over ten years to write and two years to record. Not that you would know or be able to tell from listening to it!



Is there one song on this album that you prefer? Why?
I genuinely love and am super proud of all of the tracks on this album in such different ways. Some were fun to write, some were fun to record, some are more fun for me to listen to.
Joanna’ is a little song that came out really effortlessly as did ‘Stuck On You’ which was only meant to be a demo but it had such a nice vibe I went with it for the final track. People tell me it is the most relaxed I have sounded on recording, which has got to be a good thing.

"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey

There is this one song called ‘I Love Leonard Cohen’. What other artists inspire you?
Joanna Newsom blew my mind and I only listened to her debut album for ages. Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill are a violin and guitar instrumental folk duo who I could have on repeat all day and ‘Three Cane Whale’ are trio from Bristol, again making instrumental music, whose music inspires me hugely.
I have recently been working with another folk guitarist and singer/songwriter called Tim Graham and he is inspiring me a lot at the moment – we have been co-writing our first few songs recently and I am really looking forward to recording and performing them.


You make folk music, but do you listen to other genres? What is your favorite tune at the moment?
I love good pop music and listen to a fair amount of rock music. I may be turning into my Dad as I even had a bit of Robert Palmer on recently.
Silence tends to be my default soundtrack though. I live by a river on the edge of a nature reserve and hearing the water flowing by with the birds singing makes me very happy.
My favourite tune – well ‘Taro’ by Alt-J is so good I considered giving up playing music for a few days after hearing it as I felt there was nothing I could do to top that tune... Then a few days passed and I realised that music is not a competition. The song has had a huge impact on me which I still have not really understood.

"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey

Any live shows scheduled in the near future?

I have a healthy amount of shows coming up around the south of England. I never quite seem to get too far from home as I miss my own bed and only really like travelling by bike.
I would love to get out to mainland Europe sometime as quite a few people seem to listen to my music in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland and France. I nearly did last year but the agent who booked me a month long tour turned out to be a crook and it all got cancelled a month before hand.



For the last question, let’s reverse the roles. If you were interviewing me, what would you ask? And how would you answer?
I would ask you what is inspiring you at the moment (doesn’t need to be music related!)
It is always wonderful to hear people talking about things they are passionate about regardless of the topic.
If I was asked, I would probably want to talk about how much I am enjoying learning about the real people’s history of England. We don’t seem to get taught history properly as a subject at school in England as our empire and collonial past is so dark.
We have still not had cause to face up to this past and learn from it as countries such as Germany have had to and I feel like it is a useful way to spend my time, sharing what I am learning with others.

"Silence tends to be my default soundtrack." - Robin Grey

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Published on #Interviews

Published on March 21 2014

Aliver J. came a long way to get where he is now, gathering countless experience on his musical journey. From his natal Italy to the United States, he grew as an artist, expanding its talents and perfecting his musical gift. Rapper, singer, songwriter... Aliver J. gives himself truthfully and completely to his music, with meaningful lyrics and his very own musical style (which even has its name !). He recently published his last EP on Jamendo, "Scenario di un mundo nemico". Get to know him and his music through the interview he gave us.

"Making a song is like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies." - Aliver J.

Can you introduce yourself ?

I'm Giordano Alivernini a.k.a. Aliver J. An Italian from Rome, who is now living in Texas. I'm a singer, songwriter and rapper. My genre is a mix of pop/r&b and rap. The rap was my first style to express myself.
Slowly through the years, I've developed a style as a singer also, and now, my style is an hybrid genre. It is a genre that I use to call "Soul mediterraneo music".


For how long have you been an artist ? When did you begin? Can you tell us more about our previous experience?

I think it's a gift from God and probably I was an artist since my first day on earth. I just had to discover the artist in me. I think everyone has a little artist within. It just has to be found. I've found that artist when I was 16 years old, writing my first rap, using the music as a type of therapy. I didn't speak much and I was kind of shy so... I thought that kind of music was perfect for me because every time I was rapping, the artist within came out through my words.
Since 1993 till 2005 I had a lot of experiences as a rapper first and as a singer later. I experienced a lot of ups and downs on big and little stages. I even had a couple of projects where I was produced by well known Italian producers. But you know, sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong moment and the wrong people at the right moment. So, once I had a clear idea of what I really wanted to do, I produced what I call my first album, "Dirapscalia", in 2007. Artistically by myself and economically by John Penate (a Dj producer from San Diego, California).
I never stopped writing and recording my songs. I have a home studio and I always have a new idea to record. I believe in what I do and I'm still waiting for the right people who can help to promote my songs. I mean, yesterday, I was waiting for something to happen. Even a little thing. Today, I'm writing for you so... Thank you for your support.

"Making a song is like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies." - Aliver J.

You are a rapper but also a singer. Therefore, your music has multiple facets: urban hip-hop, but also pop. Why did you decide to go both ways ?

I think that as an independent artist, I shouldn't limit myself. Why should I put a label on myself, when I'm not a product to sell? Every genre represents a character. But a genre can represent a mood too. Most of the time I wake up in the morning and I feel inspired as a singer-songwriter. In the evening, sometimes I feel like a rapper. So, I represent many sides of myself. When you hear a melody and rap in my songs, it means that I put all of myself in that track. I'm just honest with the listener. That's probably why I even sell some copies of my albums and singles without having a great promotion.


"Il Mondo Fuori" sets itself apart from the other tracks of the album, by its genre and its sound. What’s the story behind this song?

It's an important song for me. It has everything I wanted to say in this moment of my life.
The title in English means "The world outside".
Before I tell you what the song is about, I want you to know that I took the inspiration
from another song from my first album. The title is "La stanza piccola" ("The small room" in English). In that song I talk about me and my young brother, living in a small room, dreaming about a different world, dreaming of a future for us in a tough world with no money, no opportunity but a lot of hope to change our position in life. Musically it's simple, But the lyrics touched a lot of people's heart.
Then I thought I wanted to bring myself out of that small room. I wanted to open the door to see the world outside. I wanted to write about the best of what I see in others, every day, walking around. People with their different jobs and what they do to support their families.
Their struggle in every day life. And even if the world is running around with all its problems, the world still loves the people who don't destroy the earth. So, because of the theme and because of the melody, automatically the arrangement came out that way. But that's not the only version. There is another version, even slower. It's on my web site with other information (here:

"Making a song is like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies." - Aliver J."Making a song is like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies." - Aliver J.

This album contains songs written in Italian. For our readers who are not familiar with this language, can you tell us what’s the theme of your lyrics ?

At the end of my songs, and a the end of my album - especially in Scenario di un mondo nemico ('Scenario of an enemy world' in English), the perfect word to describe what I want to say is "Respect". There is a lot of respect in everything I do, in what I write, for the people I meet and most of all for the wonderful world we are living in. I think that the most important word should be "respect" and not "love". Because "love" is a natural feeling and you can't control it. You don't have it for everything and everyone. But "Respect", is something that makes the difference when we have it.



Is there a message you would like to convey through your songs and your music?

Through the years, I wrote several songs about the "sleepers in the evil environments".
I mean, manipulators and those being manipulated. Even if our eyes are wide open, it doesn't mean that we are awake. That's what I think, and I use my the music for a good message, and sometimes I write love songs and funny lyrics too.

"Making a song is like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies." - Aliver J.

You also have written songs in English, haven’t you? How is writing in English different from writing in Italian?

That's pretty tough!! I have been living in the USA for 5 years but my vocabulary is still limited. You know, there are a lot of slang words and different accents, and sometimes it gets frustrating because I would like to express myself with words that I can't find. I seem to work more on the melodies rather than complicated lyrics. You can still find a story, with meaningful phrases but written in a simple way.


Do you have a specific creative process when making a song?

24/7. Really!! It's like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies. Everything gives me a constant input or inspiration for a new song. I know, it sounds crazy... all day... but that's what it is.


There is this very cool song on Jamendo that is called “GoL” and that is not in the last album. Can you tell us more about this one?

It's not even "Goal" but "Gol" because I wanted to write it in the way we scream it in the stadium in Rome. This song was also released in 2 versions. You know... it's our favorite sport in Italy. I love soccer!... but even if the lyrics are funny and the melody is catchy, this song is my invitation to take soccer for what it really is and not too seriously.

"Making a song is like inhaling images and sounds and exhale lyrics and melodies." - Aliver J.

Which artists do you listen to ? If you could chose one artist to collaborate with, who would it be ?

Boyz to men but the Eagles too. A lot of italian songwriters but R. Kelly, Craig David and Brian McKnight too. Also, my favorite rappers are LL cool J. and Treach from Naughty by nature. Probably I'll choose LL to collaborate with.

What are our future musical plans ?

In these days I'm reading a lot about history in general necause I have 2 songs in my mind that require some information.. I'm digging !! you know.. next stage, next level. With me, it's more about the message in the lyrics rather than "perfect"sounds. I'll let you know when the new 2 will be ready.

Thank you !

Nooo !! Thank YOU !!

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Published on March 14 2014

In 'We Breathe Like One', Slava Prox shows us how complete of an artist he is. This Russian musician creates its music from A to Z, and ends up delivering a strong album, mixing hip-hop, pop and rock. Discover his solid work and get to know him through this interview!

"I took everything I liked from different music styles and mixed them up in my music" - Slava Prox

Can you introduce yourself ?

Thank you for your interest! My real name is Vyacheslav Charikov (26 years old). I am a musician from Russia. I have been studying music since I was a child. My parents sent me to piano classes. My father used to be a musician himself and we had some musical instruments at home such as a drum-machine, a YAMAHA synthesizer, an acoustic guitar and a piano of course. I have always had a fever for the percussions. As most of all, I wanted to compose songs so I learned the ropes and started to play those instruments and write lyrics.



For how long have you been an artist ? When did you begin?

I have been gaining experience since 2005, writing songs, and I have produced the first album by 2008. There were 19 tracks in it. Then I published an album “My dream” in 2010 , “NiNo” in 2011 and “We breathe like one” in 2012. My new album “Infinity” is going to be released in March 2014.



You are a singer, but also a musician, writer, composer and sound engineer. When you make a song, do you do everything yourself ? Is it important for you to have this kind of control?

Absolutely! It is very important to keep everything under control. It is only me who knows how to make it sound. Those days my studio suffered from the lack of money, as well as from the lack of experience, which was why I was reading a lot, I was making attempts and learned from my own mistakes.

"I took everything I liked from different music styles and mixed them up in my music" - Slava Prox

Do you have a specific creative process when making a song?

There is no specific approach. Sometimes lyrics come first. But more often I just play the music and as soon as I get to know that I like what I do then I bring it along to the ready-made version.



The musical style that we can hear on ‘We breathe like one’ is hip-hop mixed with pop and rock sounds. How did you come up with that genre?

I didn’t come up with it. As I said before, I have always had a passion for percussions. For example, while playing synthesizer in a rock-band I always missed the broken beat, like in hip-hop, and I craved for drive and intensity in sweet pop-melodies. So I took everything I liked from different music styles and mixed them up in my music.



About the lyrics: do you write all your lyrics ? What do you mostly write about ?

All lyrics are written by me. Almost all of them are about love and taken from my own live experience.

"I took everything I liked from different music styles and mixed them up in my music" - Slava Prox

This album contains 19 songs. Are they all new songs, or did you include some previous work?

Yes, “We breathe like one” includes a lot of my previous songs. It is a compilation of my favorite songs.

Is there a specific message you would like to convey with this album?

The main message of this album is Love. Love in its various manifestations. It is about sadness, happiness. I am for the peace in the whole world. After listening to my album people may say, - “We’ve been there”, so it’s there’s nothing to be afraid of, I am not alone."

"I took everything I liked from different music styles and mixed them up in my music" - Slava Prox

What is the last album that you have listened to?

I have a collection of Infected Mushroom songs. That was the last music I listened to, as well as Eminem’s album - The Marshall Mathers LP2.



What are your musical influences?

I have been being influenced by the Russian singer Grigoriy Leps for a long time.



If you had to describe your music in just 5 words, what would they be ?

Kind, energetic, romantic, real, yours.

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Published on March 13 2014

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Published on March 10 2014

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It's finally here!
We're unveiling the awesome free mobile game Musica Tap Jamendo Edition on iOS!







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Discover the first round of songs from:
We Are FM
Josh Woodward
DJ Spooky
Kellee Maize
Emerald Park

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Published on March 7 2014

Musica Tap Jamendo Edition is coming!

We’re unveiling Musica Tap Jamendo Edition next week! The very first Jamendo game is out on the iOS App Store on March 10, 2014. Thanks to our friends at MusicaLabs for making this possible!



Here are the first artists to be featured in Musica Tap Jamendo Edition : Josh Woodward, J.L.T, Kellee Maize, WE ARE FM & Emerald Park !



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Published on March 6 2014

Electrifying ! It is one word that comes to your mind when you listen to Anydoll's explosive new album, Electric Heart. With a perfect blend of pop, rock and electro, this Finnish band comes up with a unique and powerful sound. So... pump up the volume, and get to know them better through the interview they gave to Artists Corner.

"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll

1. Who is Anydoll and what is the story of the band?


We are a Finnish pop-rock band from Jyväskylä. The band members are Gina (vocals, synths), Madd (vocals, bass), Chris (guitar) and Frankie (drums). Anydoll was originally formed by Madd and Chris in 2006 to fulfil their needs of music making and the synth-rock music that was not available back then. The line-up of the band has narrowed from six to four throughout the years and the current line-up has been active from 2009. We have released four EP’s and one single, which have gained exposure in national radio and TV along local radio stations. Now we are proudly promoting our debut album Electric Heart, which has been written, composed, arranged, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by us!



2. You are not the typical boys or girls band ! Indeed, your band is made of both male and female vocalists. Is it important to you to have this diversity ?


Yes, because the number of pop-rock groups fronted with both female and male lead singers is still quite limited and since we have two great vocalists in our band it would be a waste not to use them both. Having two lead vocalists is the way Anydoll stands out and it also broadens the range of music styles we are able to use in our songs.

"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll
"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll

3. What is the creative process of your music (writing, composition...)? Is the work clearly divided between each member of the band ?


It's really hard and almost impossible to describe the creative process. Every song has its own. Everyone in the band is involved in the song writing in a way or another.  One might be responsible of the main vocal melody in a certain song and be the main architect of the composition of another song. Everyone does everything. More and more we are moving to the direction where we start the song writing process from a lyrical idea, a feeling we'd like to express. Then we start to figure out what would that feeling sound like. That's truly inspiring way to work!



4. What is the inspiration behind the lyrics ?


Sometimes the inspiration comes from our own lives (the best examples being Hand On My Heart and Lullaby). Then again sometimes it comes from the life that we live but from the other person's point of view. We try think what this person would think, feel and do in the given situation. So it's sort of writing a play for the stage. It's also good to mention that sometimes we just put our tongues into our cheeks just write stuff that it's not so dead serious. In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs.

"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll
"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll

5. Are there messages you would like to convey through your songs/your lyrics?


If we can make someone dance, bring happiness to someone, encourage someone or just to touch someone somehow throughout our music or lyrics, we have reached our goal.



6. What are your musical goals?


This is a bit of cliché, but first and foremost our ambition is to make music that we love. In fact, that is the only goal we are aiming at.



7. The album, Electric Heart, contains powerful, catchy and dynamic pop/rock songs, blended with electro sounds. Can we say that this sound is characteristic of Anydoll’s music ?


That description pretty much nailed it. We have a strong background from rock music but for a long time we have thought that it would be awesome to bring some new perspectives to rock music from electronic and synthetic world. Our big goal is to make these two worlds collide in a new and powerful way!

"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll

8. We can also find slower songs, like The One I Waited For. Can you tell us more about this song in particular?


Well, first of all it is the oldest song from the album, almost ten years old. This means that the song is older than our band. The One I Waited For has followed us from the beginning and we are very happy that we have finally released it. The song has had two different lyrics and four arrangements along the way so it was about a time to let it go. And as to highlight the feeling of the lyrics, we thought in a musically wise to use the less is more approach for this song.


9. If we looked into your musical library, what would we find ? Is the music you listen to similar to the music you make ? If not, what are your musical influences?


The foundation of our music library was build in the grunge era in the 90's by the bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Nirvana. On a strong foundation you can build a huge skycraper. There are tons of music from the 60's to contemporary pop and rock. There's also a lot of electronic music from Kraftwerk to modern EDM. And then there are bands that have already brought rock and electronic music together one way or another: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Muse and Prodigy to mention a few.

"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll

10. Last question: any chance we might be seeing you performing live in the months to come?

You never know. At moment we are already making new music. We have over ten new songs on the way and we are really excited about them! But we are definitely going to play live shows sooner or later.

"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll"In life there sometimes must be tears but above all good laughs." - Anydoll

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Published on March 4 2014

EuroMusic Contest 2014: registrations are open!

Do you have what it takes to represent your country in this Eurovision 2.0 dedicated to online talents? If you think so, this contest is for you... Do not miss the opportunity!


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Registration dates : from March 3rd to March 31st.


The competition is open in 40 countries : Albania - Andorra - Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Iceland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Macedonia - Malta - Moldova - Monaco - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Russia - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - United Kingdom - Ukraine.


This is your chance to take part to a one-of-a-kind contest that will close with the EuroMusic Live, a concert that will take place in June 2014 in Paris, and that will be broadcasted in 88 countries through live-stream.


Good luck everyone!