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Darkside Drive creates a distinct take on 80’s goth and darkwave music.
From the ashes of bands forced off the road during lockdown, three musicians from across the country united to create a spark of an idea that lit the fire that was to become Darkside Drive, the flames of which burn bright in their creativity. The band has created a distinct take on 80’s music, goth and darkwave. The songs are a poignant look behind the curtain of suburbia and delve into the darker side of life. The band is busy writing and releasing new material, and looking to go on tour towards the end of the year. Vocalist, Steve Burden, took the time to answer our questions.
Suburban Sound Machine
Suburban Sound Machine has emerged from a group of exasperated musicians, locked in their homes, who needed to get their musical mojo’s back. Completely remote, due to lockdown restrictions, they recorded and released their first collection of songs in May of 2021. Now the band is able to finally get together in person, they are jamming the songs, preparing to go on tour and writing new material. The band has an unashamedly retro style that is deliberately multi genre, reflecting the diverse musical interests of its members. The songs take in influences such as David Bowie, Roxy Music, The Kinks, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blur and even a touch of Miles Davis. The songs have poignant lyrics, taking an amusing, affectionate and sometimes melancholy look at middle class, middle English life. The first new single The Boy From Croydon came out in January, and now Perfect Life is out! At least 2 more singles in the pipeline...
An interview with By The Barricade creator Eric Walden
Eric Walden has spent the last decade working as an accomplished marketing executive across multiple industries, including music, entertainment, and enterprise. He has helped countless brands scale their digital and social media presence through his work. His efforts have led to record-breaking sales and cost-saving milestones via unique SEO, PPC, and influencer marketing approaches. In addition, Walden credits his creative background for consistently creating out-of-the-box strategies that help artists and brands achieve impactful results. A lifelong interest in music led to Walden creating By The Barricade, a website dedicated to discovering emerging and established artists across multiple genres, including rock, metal, punk, and indie. The site also includes e-learning content from industry experts and leaders in the music realm. Walden’s vision is to empower and educate future industry and upcoming musicians alike. Walden is also the founder of Awfully Good Records, which released music from artists such as Firing All Cylinders, Filmspeed, and others. Walden’s past and continued work with brands and e-commerce clients always include an all-inclusive approach, which takes each project from inception to completion. His efforts are in-line with the latest digital trends & best practices. When Walden isn’t leading his fully remote marketing team and building winning strategies for clients, he spends time volunteering as an event planner, executing campaigns for multiple child activist groups.
Guava Moon is an innovative artist with a diverse style specializing in a variety of genres...
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you come from a musical family? Your (music) background? So not really, I played hand drums at a summer camp but besides that, not really. I have a lot of family, though nobody famous. lol.
Omni Jess' love for blending genres leaves an unforgettable impression ... her passion for music is contagious.
Omni Jess is a recording artist, songwriter, and producer. Among her favorite genres are Electronic, Dance Pop, Future-Retro, and more. Omni Jess's love for blending genres will leave an unforgettable impression because her passion for music is contagious. By utilizing her stage name Omni, she represents her independent nature by creating her own music, writing lyrics, mixing and mastering.
AHVE (ah-vey) - a euphoric moment or a sudden moment in euphoria
May I ask how you arrived at your artist’s name? Give us the scoop Well honestly, I just made it up. I knew I didn’t want to use my government name because I danced professionally for a long time and people knew me by my government name and I didn’t wanna get pigeon holed to being just a dancer, so I said I wanted something short and sweet and creative and something I could give life and meaning to as a recording artist.
The music of Higher Hill
Higher Hill is a husband and wife singer songwriter duo from Texas. Vanessa is a celebrated entrepreneur and inventor and Paul has his very own brick at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has performed live on AXS to an audience of millions. Paul is chief guitar maker at Bullock Guitars. This first original project is a delightful and eclectic mix of Paul's musical structure, rock guitar sounds and Vanessa's lyrics and vocal melodies. All Lit Up was produced by the cool and generous Jeff Trott. It features Fred Eltringham, Billy Justineau, Andrew Petroff, and of course, Jeff Trott himself. Gravity, Miles Ago, and Best Life were produced by the iconic David Kershenbaum who included Leland Sklar, Denny Fongheiser, and Jon Gilutin. Last but certainly not least, Kate Malone brought 6 of the songs to life from the soft and tender Lullaby all the way to screaming River with a team of Nashville's best including Devin Malone, Matt Utterback, Josh Matheny, John Henry Trinko.
Elizabeth Luka's 1st solo release "Why Won't You"
Elizabeth Luka is a 17 year old singer from Riga, Latvia. Her love for music, dance and stage began in early childhood, growing up in a musical family. She developed her stage experience by participating in various young vocalist competitions. Elizabeth has a passion for exploring different styles of music. Through her studies at Riga Dome Choir School and by attending vocal studios she has developed her skills in choir, classical and pop singing. At the age of 10 she released her first local album "Kā Puķe Aug" and began touring Latvia with well-known stage artists. To combine her love of music and dance (she has graduated the dance school "Dzirnas") the focus of Elizabeth's studies is musicals and she also takes part in a gospel choir. As Luka says, "Music is my whole life - it's a way for me to express my emotions - to hurt, heal, bring joy, love and feel." Elizabeth's new single "Why Won't You" was written and produced by her good friend and classmate Patrick Tabaks. This song is a story about the affairs of the world and the heart that has affected Elizabeth both physically and emotionally. (bio)
Does It Make You Feel Better ?
Inspired by recent experiences Joshua Turchin had with former friends who were bullying him, Does it Make You Feel Better explores why bullies feel the need to put people down in order to make themselves feel better. Through writing this song, Joshua learned that the root of bullying stems from the bully’s own insecurities. “As someone who constantly endeavors to lift up and provide opportunities for others, it just didn’t make sense to me why I was being targeted. I hope those who bully others look inside and think about why they needed to put someone down to make themselves feel stronger.” Does it Make You Feel Better is co-written with the incomparable Victoria Shaw, known for writing such songs as The River with Garth Brooks and John Michael Montgomery’s I Love the Way You Love Me among others. Recorded at M & I Recording Studios in NYC, Shaw also co-produced the song with Rocco Fiorentino.
Jeremy Parsons captivates audiences with a genuine personality, unique humor, and apparent heartfelt love for his craft.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy grew up soaking in the sounds of Country Music. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began writing and performing regularly in high school. Over the last decade, he has played all over the U.S and Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. After living in Nashville for several years and releasing two records in the process, "Doggondest Feelin'" in 2010 and "Things I Need To Say" in 2017, he returned home to Texas to release his new album, "Things To Come," in 2021.