Tuesday, 18 August 2009

It's A Guitar Thing

Never thought much of playing an instrument?
I was the same until a couple of years ago. There I was, standing in the crowd, perhaps no more than a metre from the stage. At the time I remember thinking how stark the stage was for a music concert. Usually they're adorned with a glaring backdrop at very least. But no, not this time. And so it began, the most electrictrifying concert I've seen to date.
I am referring to the works of Rodrigo Y Gabriela, a duo from Mexico City who arm themselves with nothing but acoustic guitars.
The sounds they produced seemed to me nothing short of superhuman. Their energy filtered through the guitars penetrating the audience, which became at once a slave to the rhythms.
Although this concert was almost two years ago, I am still in awe of the duo and continue to follow their music affairs.
They are returning to London this Autumn. My advice, 'hunt down some tickets now.'
To miss Rodrigo Y Gabriela, is to miss being in the presence of true musicians.....


Saturday, 15 August 2009

More than surprise

What can I say?
Last night, for the first time in a long time, I found myself lost for words.
For what reason you may ask. Their names are Damien and Tourie Escobar, a pair of brothers from New York City.
Ok but there are many brothers living in NYC right. What makes these two so different? I'll give you two words classical and contemporary.
That's right, two men with violins fusing delicate and technical classical music with jagged sounds of hip hop.
Its not just their flawless technique that shines through but a passion and emotion that comes from the inner depths of their being. To witness their performance was and is a truly inspiring and core wrenching experience. One that I hope more people will be able to realise.

Apart from appreciating Damien and Tourie's talent(Nuttin But Stringz), it struck me how deceiving appearances can be and to what extent we judge people based on looks alone. I wonder how many would have branded Damien and Tourie rap star wannabees before anything else!

Here's to Damien and Tourie, a pair that follwed their dream and in the course challenged music concepts and the concepts of people.

Follow link to hear Damien and Tourie

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The Unexpected Hit....

Who am I talking about?
You all know it deep down but through fear of social reproach are unwilling to utter the name!
That's right, Im referring to Peter Andre's latest but not necessarily long awaited new track-Behind Closed Doors.
After having watched some footage of Peter in the recording studio, I will be the first to admit that I didn't see this going well. However, the renowned celebrity Dad and ex husband of Katie Price might actaully have made a name for himself with this material.
The track's lyrics are gritty and really convey a sense of Pete's own feelings; its nice to know some celebrities allow themselves to be vulnerable, drawing strength from their imperfections or an imperfect situation. It just goes to show, we're all human! The success is not just in the lyrics but the beat too. The overall sound being a fusion of pop, rock and Rnb. (A perfect club track if you ask me)
So, to those of you who wouldn't dream of listening to and enjoying a song by Pete, I ask you to do the following. Disregard what you think you know about him and his music and take a chance.