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Mending Kids Announces Global Pop Sensation G.E.M as Global Celebrity Ambassador

Los Angeles, CA – Mending Kids International, a non-profit organization known for providing life-changing operations in over 63 countries, announced today a new partnership with global pop phenomenon, G.E.M. The superstar who has five number 1 albums in China and reaches more than 30 million followers on social media, will be a new Global Celebrity Ambassador forming a long-term relationship with the organization. The non-profit raises funds to have the world’s leading surgeons visit and provide life-changing and life-saving pediatric surgical care that could never have been provided before, free of charge.

As a part of this new relationship Mending Kids will also become the official charity that G.E.M supports on her new “Queen of Hearts” world tour. Kicking off on April 1 in Guangzhou, the tour will spend the majority of 2017 in China and later this year expand to other areas of Asia and in 2018 the USA and Europe. Mending Kids’ will be integrated into the tour and at the start of every show fans will see a video about Mending Kids organization, showcasing the great work they do worldwide for children.

Mending Kids

The singer will also be “hands on” and active with the charity throughout her tour and will make several visits to Mending Kids surgical sites and be a part of several of the missions. The first of which is already confirmed and scheduled for Luoyang on April 30, after performing in the area on April 29, the next day G.E.M will meet with the representatives of Mending Kids to learn about the current issues they are facing. Following this she will tour the local orphanage and meet with the children who are either waiting for surgery or have recently completed it. G.E.M will also take part in photos and video that the charity will be able to use for its future marketing and promotional purposes.

G.E.M.

In addition to this, as a Global Ambassador, G.E.M has generously offered to donate $1.00 of each piece of tour merchandise sold back to Mending Kids, therefore personally helping fund many future missions and surgeries.

Since 2006, Mending Kids’ has provided more than 3,000 complex surgeries to children from all over the world. Many of the surgeries provided correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, urological defects, and facial deformities to children from small villages in underdeveloped regions. Children’s lives are changed from private donations, the generosity of volunteer medical staff, donors, ambassadors, and more. Other restrictions such as finances, lack of knowledge on public programs, or denials from government agencies prevent children from receiving serious and transformational surgeries. With these surgeries and the help of G.E.M.’s public presence, the awareness of these programs and cause will reach new heights on a global measure.

Mending Kids

Speaking about G.E.M becoming the new Celebrity Ambassador for Mending Kids, Marchelle Sellers, Executive Director of Mending Kids said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with a superstar of such epic proportions as G.E.M.! Our work can only do so much but with someone like G.E.M onboard we know our mission will reach further than we’ve ever been able to before. We can’t wait to see the impact this will bring to all the less fortunate children out there in need. We’re thankful to G.E.M for her passion and desire to be a part of Mending Kids.”

G.E.M added: “I’m honored to join forces with Mending Kids as their new Global Celebrity Ambassador. I’ve been looking for a cause that I can support and I immediately I fell in love with Mending Kids because they truly make a difference in children’s lives and for me to be a part of that, brings me great happiness. I find it heartbreaking that there are so many children out there who are suffering, not able to receive the serious, life-saving procedures they need to survive or live a comfortable life. I hope that through my tour and my own personal visits and efforts I can bring more awareness and funds to this incredible cause. I’ve been incredibly fortunate and every day I’m thankful for that and now I realize what’s next for me is to also give-back, help others, especially children, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a partner like Mending Kids to do this with.”

Check out the link here;

https://www.mendingkids.org

 

 

 

 

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Producer Ulrich Wild Partners with ProMix Academy and Releases Galaktikon Mixing Course

Promix Academy founder & producer/engineer Warren Huart (Ace Frehley, Korn, Aerosmith) has teamed up with esteemed producer Ulrich Wild (Brendon Small/ Dethklok, White Zombie, Deftones) to release a new Promix Academy mixing course detailing Wild’s recent work on Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. This video released on promixacademy.com takes you inside Wild’s studio where he gives an in-depth discussion of the Galaktikon track “Triton” breaking down the instruments while including anecdotes from the recording and production of the album. One quote from the course is “One of the most important things in mixing Is to keep the interest of the listener.. if the song doesn’t grab you in the beginning you’re kind of done with it. So it’s important to keep the interest.”

Photo courtesy Ulrich Wild

This educational mixing course is also chock full of insider stories and recording/production insights such as isolating the bass parts of Bryan Beller and drums of Gene Hoglan through Pro-Tools on “Triton.” Wild also explains how they achieved the sound on the track.

Photo courtesy Ulrich Wild

Wild and Brendon Small have been working together since Dethklok’s debut album The Dethalbum in 2007 and has worked on all of Small’s albums since. On working with Small, Wild said “Making records with Brendon Small is always entertaining, since he is not only an amazing musician, but also a comedian. He’s a extremely talented, and his approach to songwriting is very orchestral. With this many tracks it can get tedious to get everything sounding tight and precise, especially the brutally fast songs. But the main challenge is finding space in the mix for all the tracks. Making it all fit together like a puzzle is often challenging, but ultimately very satisfying.”
Wild stated the importance of the course as “Now more than ever it’s important to share our knowledge with each other. I started as a runner in a recording studio and worked my way up to engineering and producing. These opportunities a rare now, and learning on the job is much harder to do. Warren fills that void. With his Produce Like A Pro channel we can look over each other’s shoulders and gain valuable insight. That holds true not only for novices, but also old dogs like me. He visits a lot of top notch producers and engineers, and I’m honored he asked me to do this Galaktikon course for Pro Mix Academy.” View an excerpt from the video at Produce Like A Pro and find the purchase link to the full video course including access to the multitrack sessions from the album here: https://pmaproducts.net/mixing-metal-with-ulrich-wild/

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Cinzia Moniaci Debuts EP “Moon Wild”

Singer/Songwriter Cinzia Moniaci has dropped her first EP titled “Moon Child”. Her 2017 solo EP was recorded with renowned music producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Colbie Caillat). Music on the CD was performed by Cinzia Moniaci, with Huart playing all instruments along with legendary rock drummer Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction) playing on the EP’s lead track “Do You Believe.”
 The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with Cinzia Moniaci about her latest project.

Cinzia Moniaci on the cover of her new album, “Moon Wild.”

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What was your inspiration for the E.P?
Cinzia Moniaci (Cinzia): I wanted to write a collection of songs full of hope, something a bit retro and indie and a bit anthemic at the same time.

HPC: How long was the recording process?
Cinzia: Recording the songs didn’t take long in terms of time, probably a couple of weeks but we started in the winter, then took a break and began mixing in the Spring.

HPC: How did you and Warren Huart end up working together?
Cinzia: We had some common connections on Linkedin and started chatting on it one night, I went to meet him at his studio and we immediately connected. We have a lot of the same ideas when it comes to music and art. We are both European and I think there is a common thread in our view of the world.

HPC: Was the album recorded at Spitfire Studios?
Cinzia: Yes, I loved working up in Laurel Canyon, I live by the beach so it quite a far drive each day but magical once up in the greenery of the canyon.

HPC: How did Stephen Perkins come to play on the E.P?
Cinzia: I have known him for a very long time, he used to be in a band with my husband and Dave Navarro, before Jane’s Addiction, he is an awesome guy, we have recorded several songs together over the years, I love the energy he brings to the tracks!

HPC: Do you have plans for a full album?
Cinzia: Yes! I have been working on the new songs and am excited to record them!

HPC: What artists inspired you become an artist?
Cinzia: So many of them, I have had a wide variety of influences from Blondie to Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde, but also Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Susanna Hoff.

HPC: What is one thing that would surprise our readers to know about you?
Cinzia: I speak four languages fluently and like to sing my songs in all of them, depending on the mood of the song.

Photo courtesy Sabrina Hill

HPC: What’s next for you?
Cinzia: I just launched a sunglass line, to complement my handbag line, I love to combine music and fashion in everything I do.

HPC: Do you love anything more than music?
Cinzia: My daughter.
Thank you to Cinzia Moniaci for taking time to answer our questions. We look forward to your next project!

Here’s “Moon Child” on iTunes;

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/moon-wild-ep/id1205472030

Dustin Brown

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Warren Huart Releases New Produce Like a Pro Video with Bass Legend Brandino

Session ace Kevin “Brandino” Brandon  (Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake Outkast), has teamed up with notable producer/engineer and YouTube Auteur Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) to talk about things pertaining to the bass and recording.

Brandino (L) with Warren Huart (R). Photo credit Alex Kluft Photography

In recent years Brandino has appeared on Will.I.Am’s “#Willpower,” The Beach Boys “Made In California,” Robby Krieger’s “Singularity,” Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience”, and his solo albums “The Many Faces of Brandino,” and “The Many Faces of Brandino 2.”

In this one hour and 17-minute video Brandino discusses playing pop, rock, and jazz with demonstrations as well as being a bass instructor to bassists such as Robert Trujillo (Metallica). Brandino discusses playing both upright and electric bass while proudly endorsing Warwick basses, D’addario Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps which are all used in the video. Brandino tells several stories throughout the video from moving out to L.A. and how he got his start in the music industry as a session musician to working with legendary musicians such as Aretha Franklin to current projects today.

Brandino (L) with Warren Huart (R). Photo credit Alex Kluft Photography

View the full video on Produce Like A Pro.
Brandino
Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is a 7 time Grammy Awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. Brandino has been on a non-stop flight to the top ever since performing on Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”

Grammy Wins

1. 2004 Album of the Year and Best Rap Album: “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by Outkast

2. 2006 Best R&B Album: “Breakthrough” by Mary J. Blige

3. 2006 Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals “So Amazing” (Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé) from An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder performed the song.

4. 2007 Grammy nominated Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album: “FutureSex/Love Sounds”, by Justin Timberlake

5. 2011 Grammy nominated Best Pop Instrumental Album: “Singularity” by Robby Krieger (The Doors)

6. 2014 Best R&B Song of the Year “ Pusher Lover Girl” by Justin Timberlake the 20/20 Experience
“Brandino’s humanitarian organization for inner-city youth, called “You Can Do It If You Try” is now affiliated with the broadcasting unit start-up South Central TV, and new programs targeted at the disadvantaged and disabled, co-developed by Brandino’s non-profit and SCTV, will begin broadcasting in Summer 2017.

For more information please visit http://www.brandinosoundbox.com/

Brandino (L) with Warren Huart (R). Photo credit Alex Kluft Photography

Warren Huart

Warren Huart is an English record producer, mixer, recording engineer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. He is known for his hard work ethic, positive attitude and respect for the artist’s vision. He has played a fundamental part in the creation of many platinum-selling albums, and worked with many of today’s most successful artists, such as The Fray, Daniel Powter, Marc Broussard, Trevor Hall, Korn, Better Than Ezra, James Blunt, Matisyahu, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Veil Brides, and Howie Day. Huart is the owner of Spitfire Studio in Los Angeles, CA and Spitfire Music; a one-stop music licensing house providing music for film and TV. He also owns the DIY YouTube Channel “Produce Like a Pro,” which offers recording tutorials for recording enthusiasts, and has over 100,000 subscribers world wide.

 

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An Interview with Bassist and Vocalist Chris Wyse

The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to meet up with legendary bass guitar player, Chris Wyse. Chris has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, the Cult and most recently Ace Frehley. Chris played an amazing set  of heavy metal with Ace. Here are a few questions that we came up for Chris while he was in Los Angeles with Ace to play one of the coolest venues in LA, the Saban Theatre.

Chris Wyse with Ace Frehley at the Saban Theater Friday, February 4th, 2017. Photo by Alex Kluft

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC):
So how is your latest project with Ace going?
Chris Wyse (CW): Ace recently told me he wants to get us in the studio after we return from the South American tour in March! I know he has a few songs started and it’s really exciting to venture into new original music. Anything can happen!

HPC: What is life like on the road?
CW: The shows have been really great! The fans really appreciate Ace and the bands high energy output. We have lots of fun. The fans have been really excited. It’s always great to tour the USA and it all just feels like home. Life on the road is good. We are all however looking forward to South America. Fantastic crowds down there. This will be my fourth tour of SA.

HPC: Is there anything new with your bass playing?
CW: Recently I have been playing an active Fender P Bass Elite. It has a different vibe than my passive basses and it has been fun dialing in such a powerful preamp on the bass itself.

HPC: How do you select what your next project is going to be?
CW:It all is based on inspiration for writing and playing. This is especially true for my band Owl since I guide the ship. I like to get back to the upright bass usually. Owltheband.net

HPC: Do you ever wish you would’ve played with anyone over the years that you didn’t get a chance to work with?
CW:I think Dave Growl, Zak Wylde and myself would make a sick band. I never played with either but I know Zak some and he’s very funny, such a killer musician. I love Dave’s drumming and talent as well.

 

HPC: Do you remember who your first guitar teacher was or your first bass teacher?
CW: Steve Harris really is my bass inspiration. As far as Double Bass or Upright Bass I studied classical bass in college with Michael Wicks of the Albany NY Orchestra.

HPC: Who do you think was the best bass player ever?
CW: Steve Harris for his huge impact on bass playing. I’m one of many that love Steve.

HPC: What was it like to be involved with so many legends?
CW:It has been quite the wild ride but I love it and find it rewarding to pour my heart into music. It is also is nice to be trusted by such fame and talent. I have learned so much from all the artists I have worked with. Being in the Ace Frehley Band is quite the honor. Ace is very experienced yet naturally. Always be you.

HPC: Do you have a good Ozzy story?
CW: Ozzy quote-“You are fucking gonna love me Chris because I love the bass loud and I love all the riffs you are throwing in!” That made me smile huge!! I really love Ozzy’s energy. He is an amazing artist and voice!! One of my faves.

HPC: Do you have a good Mick Jagger story?
CW: I was playing upright bass with a bow and Mick sort of did his Mick strut while I was playing. I felt transported to another place. It was great to have that experience to record with him. We drank fine red wine after and chatted for a couple hours over a great dinner.

HPC: What was the ultimate Cult show, where everything just sounded the best?
CW: I recall a show on Jimmy Kimmel on the outside stage in 2012 that felt great. It was in support of “Choice of Weapon”. We hit a new peak and I had some really cool bass bits on that album I loved to play. Playing on TV sounds sterile but this is really like a live mini set. It was fun. I once saw David Gilmour at the Kimmel Show and hung out with my buds The Trailer Park Boys just to hang out. Great show and green room!

HPC: What is one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
CW: I do Yoga and I’m still striving in my bass playing, singing and writing to always get better. I am going back to some of my sonatas from Vivaldi lately with the bow. There are two bows for upright bass. I play German preferred over French bow but play both. I have been teaching bass guitar and upright bass with in depth theory and techniques. It keeps me sharp and open to other peoples taste.

HPC: What does the future of 2017 look like for you?
CW: New Ace original music and more touring! Owl will also have a return with new music!! 2017 will be full of new music!

Thanks for Chris for taking time to answer our questions. It’s so interesting to hear about a professional bass player who plays “Detroit Rock City” and Vivaldi! Check out Chris with Ace Frehley on his Space Invader tour and Chris’s project called Owl!

Dustin Brown

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Motörhead producer Cameron Webb Releases New Video

Motörhead producer Cameron Webb talks Lemmy, working with the band and capturing their unique sound in new video with Warren Huart’s ProMix Academy

Photo courtesy Cameron Webb
Photo courtesy Cameron Webb

Coming up on the one year anniversary of Lemmy’s passing, Motörhead producer Cameron Webb and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) are set to release a digital video today Friday Dec. 16th at 6pm PT. through ProMix Academy Mixing Motörhead with Cameron Webb. In the video Webb gives ProMix Academy a breakdown of Motörhead’s song Electricity, takes us through the mix and gives us behind the scenes insights into the making of the song.

The video is an educational mixing course, but this one is unique in that it is also chock full of insider stories and recording and production insights. On recording Motörhead, Cameron says in the video: “It was never normal with these guys, it was never normal with Lemmy… They did what they wanted to do. Kind of… My job as a Producer was to push them to their limits, physically and emotionally ” He adds, “I never wanted to change them I just wanted to help make them the best Motörhead they could be: they are unique, they do something special. Don’t destroy it.”

Photo courtesy Cameron Webb
Photo courtesy Cameron Webb

Webb first worked with Motörhead on their album Inferno (2004) and has since worked with the band producing, engineering and mixing a total of eleven live and studio albums over 12 years. Webb’s credits also include the likes of Pennywise, Social Distortion, Megadeth, NOFX, Sum 41, The Aquabats, Godsmack, Buckcherry and Danzig.

“I chose to work with Warren because he has a true love and respect for Motörhead, and he is breaking new ground on how to reach out to the public and present a side of music that has always been hidden behind closed doors,” Webb says.

Photo courtesy Cameron Webb
Photo courtesy Cameron Webb

In addition to his work as a producer and engineer, Huart aims to help people make great music by sharing the knowledge and experience he’s accumulated over his near 30 years in the industry through Produce Like a Pro and ProMix Academy. Huart explains: “I want to demystify the recording process and show that there really isn’t a difference between the ‘professionals’ and home recordists. We all share the same passion for music creation and our aim is to break down barriers and democratize the music industry.”

Photo courtesy Cameron Webb
Photo courtesy Cameron Webb

View an excerpt from the video at Produce Like a Pro, and find the purchase link to the full video course including access to the multitrack sessions from the song here;

https://m.youtube.com/user/WarrenHuartRecording

Dustin Brown

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BUDDERSIDE AND CASSETTE CULTURE HELP CHRISTEN NEW VENICE BEACH-SIDE MUSIC VENUE

(Venice, California)  Motorhead Music recording artists Budderside (www.budderside.com ), along with one of music’s hottest young acts Cassette Culture (www.cassetteculture.com) form a unique night of music this Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm at the Venice Beach Bar Live located on the Venice Beach strand and Rose Avenue.

Cassette Culture and Budderside at the Venice Beach Bar
Cassette Culture and Budderside at the Venice Beach Bar

Budderside recently completed a tour of Europe where they played before 80,000 people at the famed Wacken Festival in Germany. Cassette Culture, the fast-rising group of teen performers has been one of Los Angeles’ most buzzed about new alternative rock bands.

The show marks the continued coming out of the Venice Beach Bar, a historic location on the famous Venice Beach strand, as it transitions to one of Los Angeles’ premier Westside music venues. Operating under the umbrella of Venice Beach Bar Live, and curated by well known Los Angeles music executive Noelle Kim, the location once served as housing for Jim Morrissey in its upper floor. The venue is the only live music facility on the Venice Strand.

Cassette Culture Live
Cassette Culture Live

Showtime is at 8:30 pm and there is no cover charge for patrons. Venice Beach Bar is located at 323 Ocean Front Walk. Patrons can find it easily by taking Lincoln to Rose Avenue, and head west until Rose Avenue dead ends at the beach. There is parking at the beach, just steps from the venue.

For more information please visit facebook.com/thevenicebeachbar, facebook.com/budderside, or facebook.com/cassettecultureband.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT HOLDS FUNDRAISER SUPPORTING MALCOLM YOUNG’S FIGHT WITH DEMENTIA

(Hollywood, California) – Ultimate Jam Night, (www.ultimatejamnight.com)  the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go will turn its upcoming Tuesday night edition on November 15th at 8 PM PST into a live broadcast fundraiser honoring AC/DC rock icon Malcolm Young and benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV.

youngYoung struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.

Malcolm Young of AC/DC
Malcolm Young of
AC/DC

A collection of well known rockers will participate in a more than 2 hour “jam” of AC/DC songs. Included among them will be former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

To donate to The Alzheimer’s Association and the Ultimate Jam Night Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, simply go to act.alz.org/goto/RockOutALZ and click on “donate” and then scroll down and click on “donate to the team”. Monies raised support local programs of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, as well as funding research and advocacy efforts.

“Malcolm Young created not only music, but an era” said Ultimate Jam Night founder and Quiet Riot Bassist, Chuck Wright. “According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, so this terrible affliction affects many more like Malcolm” said, Wright.

For up-to-the-minute news about the event please visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight for updates leading up to Tuesday’s 8 PM showtime.

ABOUT ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT

Ultimate Jam Night is a long-running free weekly show currently in residence at L.A.’s famed Whisky A Go Go. Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, the show features a rotating cast of the world’s finest musicians assembled in an entirely unrehearsed setting. The show features live music, performance art, comedy bits, walk around characters, and community and charitable giving. More information can be found by visiting www.ultimatejamnight.com.

ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  The organizational mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org/socal or call 800.272.3900.

ABOUT ZINNA MEDIA

Established by Mike Zinna, Zinna.tv brings Hollywood action to the world via broadcasting and original content. Current programs include Inside Metal, Geeks Scape by Jonathan London, Absolutely Jason Stuart, Drumsmack, and Spill the Tea among other shows.

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

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Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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MaMA Festival: The Music Marathon To Run To in Paris

 

It’s 3 days, 145 concerts, 15 venues and 81 conferences for professionals.

If you love music more than running a marathon, then you are probably like everyone else. And thanks to the MaMA Festival, you will be able to have your own marathon; that is to say dance the night away to diverse and incredible musical performances.


With 15 venues you won’t have to run a mile to get to (they are all located in the same area of the neighbourhood of Montmartre and everything is within a five minute walking distance), the MaMA offers a unique live music experience. Moreover, you get some fresh air between concerts, talk business or if your feet get tired dancing there’s also the Metro 2 you can ride and bars to keep you hydrated!

The best part of the MaMA festival is that there is always a concert scheduled somewhere. Conveniently, there is an app you can download on your smartphone. You will have all the information about the artists and the schedule. Picking a random venue and letting yourself be surprised by a new band or singer (you will now be obsessed with!) is exciting.

I had the chance to go to the Festival for The Experience Magazine. Here’s my experience:

Day 1: Jazz, electro, guitar acoustic, reggae… a night to remember

On the first day, Gaspard Royant showcased his smooth dance moves and jazzy tunes at the Cigale.
The Slow Show gave the crowd chills with heartfelt and emotion filled songs at the Divan du Monde.
Nouvelle Vague electrified the scene with passion and devilish lyrics.
In a softer atmosphere and more private venue, Siv Jacobsen at Au Petit Moulin and Charlie Cunningham at the Theatre de L’Atalante transported us, playing acoustic guitar and putting us in a mellow mood.
After that, the Legendary Tigerman’s mad rock and roll performance and Biga* Ranx’s fast pace rapping and reggae hip hop style turned our heads around, making it a night to remember.

Gaspard Royant
Gaspard Royant perfoming at La Cigale, Paris. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Day 2: The marathon continues with rap music, electro, disco pop…

Youssoupha, a well-known French rap artist, performed in front of an admirative and playful crowd. He shared so much energy and emotion with the crowd in celebration of the record label BELIEVE’s ten year anniversary.
Then, a beer in hand and Shannon Wright on stage playing piano and singing enchanting melodies was the ideal setting to relax.
The duo Tambour Battant took everyone back in a party mood. Electronic sounds and drums shook the whole venue of La Boule Noire.
Kumisolo played with the Kung Fu Boys at Le Bus Palladium. She’s a lovely singer that blends disco pop and French songs beautifully and humorously. Her soft voice and upbeat songs were a splendid way to end the night.

Day 3: The grand finale: French and British gems

On the third day, jazz player Guillaume Perret fired up the stage with psychedelic saxophone harmonies and gave a powerful visual experience.

Guillaume Perret
Guillaume Perret on stage. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Pogo Car Crash Control, a young energetic French rock band performed while flipping their hair to the beat of the drums and bass guitars.
Samba de la Muerte introduced fascinating experimental sounds at the Divan du Monde.
At the Cigale, the venue turned into a club thanks to the electronic mixes of La Fine Équipe. Then, French dandy singer Christophe enchanted the crowd with his velvety voice full of emotions.
Two Londoners performed at the Boule Noire. First, Jelani Blackman, a rapper and saxophonist. Then Jake Isaac, who recently signed a record deal. Both were immensely talented. Especially Isaac who took his acoustic guitar and sang among the crowd. His last song, performed a cappella, was poignant and heavenly. The perfect notes to end the marathon and head to bed.

Jake Isaac
Jake Isaac performing among the crowd. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Of course there are so much more concerts I did not get to attend but my ears, eyes and heart are pleased with the ones I saw.
As the MaMA Festival is mainly a professional event, this is the business playground to go to for people working in the music industry. It is a great opportunity to network and discover new artists. But curious people and music enthusiasts are welcome too. It’s a breathtaking event everyone has to experience!

check out their link here;

http://www.mamafestival.com

 

Laurie Le Bomin

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT ROLLS OUT EXCLUSIVE FAN TIP AND PAY SYSTEM

(Hollywood, CA) Ultimate Jam Night (www.ultimatejamnight.com) the long-running weekly free show currently in residence at Hollywood’s famed Whisky A Go Go, today unveiled a proprietary electronic payment system for Ultimate Jam Night performers.

Jamming at the Whisky A Go Go, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Jamming at the Whisky A Go Go, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Using a downloadable app from Bravo Tip or Pay (www.trybravo.com), performers at Ultimate Jam Night will now be able to receive direct real-time tips or payment from fans anywhere in the world.

Payment is transferred directly from fans to performers without middleman interference.

The app is simple to use for both performers and fans alike. The app is downloadable via iTunes or The Google Play Store.  Performers and fans enter information into their very own accounts. Then, on the night of an Ultimate Jam Night performance, fans simple go to the app, search Ultimate Jam Night, select their favorite listed performer, and instantly send them an electronic tip or payment.

Quiet Riot Bassist Chuck Wright
Quiet Riot Bassist Chuck Wright, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

“This is another example of bringing fans and performers closer together” said, Ultimate Jam Night founder and Quiet Riot Bassist Chuck Wright. “For the first time fans throughout the world can directly reward a performer in real-time during any Ultimate Jam Night.  Since our show is broadcast live via Zinna.TV fans from around the globe can tune-in, take part, and say thank you to performers.”

Ultimate Jam Night, photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

Payment amounts vary, and are often as little as a single dollar. The exclusive system has been successfully tested at Ultimate Jam Night with two recent real-time charity events.

For more information about Ultimate Jam Night please visit www.ultimatejamnight.com.

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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