Músicos maravillosos que conocí en micrófonos abiertos

No recuerdo la última vez que fui a un micrófono abierto, pero después de darme cuenta recientemente del hecho que la mayoría de los músicos que conozco, los he conocido por consecuencia de uno, creo que voy a hacer un esfuerzo por ir a más micrófonos abiertos en el futuro. Nunca sabes lo que vas a encontrar, pero es algo muy bonito cuando conectas con otros músicos, y no sólamente por colaborar. Como alguien cuya música es literalmente su vida y su carrera, es un gran alivio conocer a gente como yo, que sencillamente lo entiende todo. El proceso creativo, la lucha contra el perfeccionismo, trabajar independientemente -todo- y así todos podemos animarnos e inspirarnos el uno al otro. Sobretodo, los artistas incluidos en este post son buenas personas, lo cual, para mí, es más importante.

Dónde sea posible, voy a intentar evitar definar los géneros; tendrás que comprobar para ti mismo. De una u otra manera he sido afortunda de poder trabajar con estos músicos y creo que tú también deberías conocerlos.

Saskia Maxwell

Desde hace tiempo, Saskia Maxwell se ha presentado a un nivel muy superior al que se esperaría para su corta edad. Ya ha sumado cientos de concertos y ha sido telonera para artistas como JP Cooper, Ralph McTell, Rae Morris y Rachel Sermanni. Es una guitarrista muy hábil, con letras ingeniosas y cautivadoras, y con una voz de ángel conmovedoramente etérea.

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Marvellous Musicians that I Met at Open Mics

I can’t tell when last I went to an open mic night, but having recently realised that most of the musicians that I’ve befriended are as a result of one, I think I’ll be making an effort to go to more of them in the future. You never know what you’re going to find, but it’s a beautiful thing when you make these connections, and not just for the sake of collaboration. As someone whose music is literally her life and career, it’s such a relief to know people like you who just get it. The creative process, the tussle with perfectionism, the independent hustle – all of it – and in that way, we are all able to encourage and inspire each other. Above all, the artists featured in this post are really nice people, which matters a smidgen more to me.

Where I can, I’m going to avoid attempting to define them by genre; you’ll just have to taste and see for yourself. In one way or another I have had the great pleasure of working with these music-makers, and so I think that you should know a little more about them too.

Saskia Maxwell

For some time, Saskia Maxwell has been a far more experienced performer than her young age would suggest. Having already racked up a gig count in the hundreds and opened for artists such as JP Cooper, Ralph McTell, Rae Morris and Rachel Sermanni, she is a very skilled guitarist, with clever, bewitching lyrics and the hauntingly ethereal voice of an angel.

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IN RETROSPECT: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – 20th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that an album can turn 20, when it sounds as fresh as the day it was born.

On this day, 25th August 1998, Ms. Lauryn Hill released her debut and thus far only solo studio album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia Records).

Following her years with hip-hop group Fugees (also featuring Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel), Hill, born and raised in New Jersey, used every ounce of her creative intelligence to curate something that would not only go on to win Grammys, or receive acclaim from critics and peers alike, but would serve as an educative tool for (but not limited to) her people – hip-hop in its truest sense, and at its most important.

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Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes: Una breve guía de las canciones no oficiales de JoJo

Apenas terminada su gira con Armed Forces Entertainment en Japón y Okinawa, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque recientemente anunció que está lista para volver de gira de forma bastante distinta. Agárraos las pelucas…

Los que conocen bien el trayecto de la cantante de R&B/pop, sabrán que después de irrumpir en la escena con su canción más conocida “Leave (Get Out) -con tan solo 13 años- y posteriormente haber lanzado dos álbumes exitosos JoJo (2004) y The High Road (2006) con Blackground Records, Levesque se encontró con un “problema pasajero” digamos, a causa de su sello discográfico, lo cual le impidió que lanzase un tercer álbum de estudio. Durante esa época, después de haber trabajado implacablemente para montar varias versiones de un LP completo, con aspiraciones de empezar la nueva etapa en su carrera musical, se mantenía productiva y sacó unos mixtapes para sacarles de apuro a sus fans leales, cantó varios covers… y, desafortunadamente, se filtraba una gran cantidad del material en el que estaba trabajando.

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Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes: A Brief Guide to JoJo’s Unofficial Releases

Fresh from touring in Japan and Okinawa with Armed Forces Entertainment, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque recently announced that she is ready to get back on the road for a new tour with a distinct twist. Hold on to your wigs…

Those well-accustomed to the R&B/pop singer’s journey will know that after crashing onto the scene at the age of 13 in 2004 with arguably her most popular song “Leave (Get Out)” and subsequently releasing two successful albums JoJo (2004) and The High Road (2006) on Blackground Records, Levesque hit what we shall now call a blip in the form of label troubles, which for seven years prevented her from releasing a third studio album. During that time, having tired relentlessly to put together several versions of a full LP with hopes of starting the next phase in her music career, she stayed proactive and released mixtapes to tide her loyal fans over, performed various covers… and unfortunately had a lot of the material that she was working on leaked.

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LIVE REVIEW: ‘Life & Soul’ Bristol 9.4.17

We could all use some uplifting and encouragement, so when a live music, poetry and spoken word event pops up with the name ‘Life & Soul’, you can expect it to do exactly what it says on the tin.

On Sunday 9th April, public relations and events company E. Stellar PR hosted its first live event at Toto’s Wine Bar in Bristol. Where “soul and inspiration collide”, the evening promised to “uplift, inspire, spread love, bring life and be 100% honest and real as artists share their truth”. Sounds good, no? I must reveal that I was part of the line-up, and I also happen to be sibling to the organizer, but here’s proof of my non-bias:

(Yes, I did just use Twitter as a credible source – it’s 2017.)

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FEATURED EP: Oscar Jerome

London-based musician and singer-songwriter Oscar Jerome released his eponymous debut EP last week. After spending years grafting in the music scene and refining his talent, the young artist unveils a work consisting of four weighty tracks that are certainly a testament to that.

It’s hard to define Jerome’s sound as it’s a peculiar mixture. The influences of jazz, hip-hop and soul are clear, but it’s more aptly described as alternative. With contemplative and obscure lyrics, and arrangements that have carefully been thought out, he creates something original and mysterious that captures your attention from start to finish.

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FEATURED SONG: JoJo – “Mad Love.”

All is right in the world. Order has been restored. Finally, thankfully, gladly after 10 long years, it can be said with near absolute certainty that Joanna “JoJo” Levesque is releasing her third studio album.

There’s a lot that’s happened in the gap between The High Road (2006), which was JoJo’s last official LP, and the forthcoming Mad Love (out 14th October). In short, while dealing with legal troubles – without a doubt the main reason for her lengthy mainstream absence – she never let that stop her from creating and releasing music to her fans. She put out the mixtapes Can’t Take That Away from Me (2010) and Agápē (2012), followed by the EPs LoveJo (2014), III (2015) and LoveJo2 (2015).

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