Apes Strumming The Guitar

Apes Strumming The Guitar

I don’t want to be nostalgic. But today’s music lost a lot since 1980 synthpop and years around. Yes, well, it’s my favourite period for music. Ok. So I’m not objective probably.

What i want to say is that I don’t find anymore the search for new sounds and new ideas to make each song unique, specific, totally different and, well, very personal.

Where is the search for new presets? new weird sounds? playing with cutoff, resonance and other things to make your song absolutely different than the other ones?

What’s happening, to say the truth, is that there is a massification of the music, apes strumming the guitar. If there is a song earning tons of millions in royalties, then hundred other similar songs appear in the market.

So I continue to stay linked to my old 80s music. But I want to give my kudos to an italian band, which is showing the real desire to change all of this:

THE KOLORS with Cabriolet Panorama. A really beautiful song. 

You can listen to it at their official channel: https://youtu.be/NFuFTlRlEyo

Nothing else for today, have a nice listen! Have a great weekend.

David Gray Blazetrak Interview

David Gray Blazetrak Interview

BtBlackLogoToday we interview David Gray, David is Director of Support for Blazetrak.com, an impressive project where direct video responses are given from music industry professionals, helping new artists in their career in many ways.

MM: David, Blazetrak.com is the world’s first website that allows you to get directly in touch with established music industry experts and celebrity talent, how did you have this powerful idea?

The idea came from that fact that A&R are striving everyday to find new music. They are checking social media, going to clubs, networking, they are always actively looking for quality new music.

For an artist, one of the main ways to get in touch with an A&R was to mail them a CD and hope that someone listened to it. The artist would never know if the CD had been played and the artist would never get any feedback on why the record was not chosen, or what the artist could do to make it better. The process just ended there.

That is where the idea came from. We have A&R who are looking to find new music. We have artists who are looking to get their music heard and actually receive feedback on the record. Why not just marry the two? Blazetrak is as much a technology company as it is a music company. We saw two groups, each with a need and formed a way to get them together. This has changed the way music is discovered around the world and has allowed millions access to industry moguls they never would have accessed on their own. Everybody wins.

MM: I’ve seen submissions for Songwriters, Producers and Artists. Are there other interesting submission opportunities that help artists in their career?

Those are the main three, but you will find management, advertising, blogging, modeling and some other opportunities out there. We have had searches for video dancers, we have had lawyers and even professional athletes. We learned though that we wanted to do music really well, instead of a bunch of things moderately. Blazetrak keeps its focus on the music industry, but we do branch out into all aspects of music – not just main stream hip-hop. We have professionals searching for placements in commercials, film, video games -all styles and all genres – anywhere music is needed. By staying focused on a single industry, we hope to really make a difference here and see where that takes us in the future.

MM: Can you tell us few interesting success stories of Blazetrak.com users after submitting their material?

Everybody wants to hear the Blazetrak success stories and there are many out there. We have placed artists on major labels, many producers have been discovered through Bt and gone on to work with major players in the industry. Songwriters discovered on Bt have written lyrics that have been heard around the world. We currently have 2 artists that are getting ready to really break mainstream in the US. The big successes are fun to look at, but really every response from a professional is a success in its own. A rapper from Iowa connects with a Grammy winning producer and gets advice on how to grow – A singer in India gets in touch with a vocal coach in Atlanta and they build a relationship through social media. That is that part of our site that gets discounted. Yes, you can make it big, but even if you don’t you are getting advice from the biggest players in the industry. This does not happen anywhere else, in any other market. Only in music and only on Blazetrak. That is really what makes us powerful.

MM: How will be the future of Blazetrak.com, what are the next goals?

I think the next main goal of Bt is social engagement – getting our users better able to connect with each other. The best unsigned musicians in the world use our site. It is time to connect the producer in Ohio, to the singer in Ireland and the songwriter in Georgia and get them all making music together. Technology allows us to shrink the world. We just need to put the right talent in the same (virtual) room and see what happens.

MM: Comparing to the old traditional channels, can we say that an artist today has many more opportunities than in the past?

Absolutely. And I would never say that the old channels are a waste. It is still important to play in clubs and local venues. Artists need to build a fan base for themselves and have the experience of local, organic growth. There are still plenty of people that are discovered this way. However, with social media outlets, especially Twitter, there is no reason to not always be on the cutting edge of what is new and happening now. Music is all about re-creation and making new sounds. Because of the internet, you don’t have to be in New York, LA, of London to get discovered. A few clicks can get you heard 5,000 miles away. I still respect the traditional grind of becoming big in music – it is an aspect of the industry that will never die. You have to live hard and take risks – always putting yourself out there for your art. However, don’t pass on the new technology either. A single Bt submission could take the place of years grinding it out. You have to explore all options.

MM: What do you think of internet and music in general, how do you see this connection?

Music was created to share. It is one of the original human art forms. Music makes us social, it tells our stories and makes us unique and similar at the same time. The internet allows us to share our stories across world. We are now able to explore new sounds and ideas that where impossible to find 20 years ago. Many purists argue that the internet and digital age have killed music, but that is not true. It has just opened up a new phase of music history and theory. We are able to do things now, that where not possible before. Think about how brass and stringed instruments changed music. Think about the first time a guitar was plugged in. All these things changed music. The internet is just the newest instrument. It beings us together. It helps us create and discover new sounds and talents. I think the internet was made for music.

MM: Thank you David for this important interview, I’m sure ManuelMarino.com readers will be enthusiast of your answers and will check Blazetrak.com at once. Thanks again!

7 Greatest Albums of All Time

7 Greatest Albums of All Time

Paul McCartney performs in Dublin, Ireland on ...

Paul McCartney performs in Dublin, Ireland on July 10, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scientifically, the greatest album of all time will never be pinpointed. Throughout the years, music publications and organizations have tried to decipher the greatest albums of all time with each list differing, of course. The following consists of seven albums typically reviewed and revered as the greatest albums of all time.

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been cited as the greatest album of all time by several publications and organizations including Rolling Stone and The National Association of Recording Merchandiser and several others. The album includes hits such as “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” The album won four Grammy Awards in 1968 and has sold more than 32 million copies since its release. The album is held as The Beatles experience into psychedelic rock. Prior to the release, The Beatles took a 2 month vacation, made claims to never play live again and declared they no longer wanted to be the mop-top boys, but wanted to be viewed as artists. For the album, Paul McCartney had the idea of having the band develop alter-egos and losing their identity.

2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

Pet Sounds is recognized as one of the most influential albums in popular music. The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds in May of 1966. Lead vocalist, Brian Wilson had quit touring with the band and spent his off-time working with vocal harmonies, unconventional harmonies and recording. Pet Sounds includes the hit songs “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.” The album includes sounds from an electro-theremin, dog whistles, barking dogs and Coca-Cola cans. In 2004, the Library of Congress preserved the album in National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.”

3. Thriller, Micheal Jackson  

Michael Jackson wrote four of the nine songs on the Thriller album. The album was one of the first albums to use a music video as a promotional tool. During its release in 1982, Thriller sold a million albums per week at its peak and currently continues to sell 130,000 copies per year.

4. The White Album, The Beatles

The White Album is the self-titled Beatles album, known in popular culture as The White Album, for its plain white record sleeve and cover. The album was recorded following a group trip to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India.  Ringo Starr quit The Beatles for a brief period of time during the recording of The White Album and Paul McCartney took up playing drums for two of the songs. The album marks the beginning of each member embarking upon their own solo career.

5. Purple Rain, Prince

The Purple Rain album was released along with the film, Purple Rain starring Price. Purple Rain is the sixth best selling soundtrack of all time. The album includes “When The Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain.” The album is prized for melding elements of funk, R&B, pop, rock and heavy metal.

6. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye produced “What’s Going On” himself. The album is considered a song cycle album, with each song leading into the next song. The album tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran returning home from his fighting only to see fighting and suffering in his own country.

7. Nevermind, Nirvana

Nirvana’s Nevermind was never suppose to or expected to be a commercial success by neither Nirvana’s record label nor the band. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” became a surprise success and even surpassed Michael Jackson on the charts in 1992. The album is held responsible for being alternative rock to a mainstream crowd.

The Ladies Who Shaped the Pop Music Charts of the 80s

The Ladies Who Shaped the Pop Music Charts of the 80s

English: Janet checking her mike...2006 press ...

English: Janet checking her mike…2006 press conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you weren’t around in the 1980s, you might wonder what women helped shape the pop music charts of that decade. And even if you were around during that time, we bet you wouldn’t mind taking a stroll back through time to highlight some of the female singers who were pop sensations. Keep reading to learn about some of the top ladies who helped set the stage for Britney Spears and other acts in the 1990s and beyond.

Top Female Pop Sensations of the 80s

Here’s a look at several specific female performers who really made an impact in the 1980s and beyond. A lot of these women are still making music today, but here’s a look at the female pop music charts of the 80s.

  • Madonna – Who can forget the Material Girl? Like a Virgin was one of her hits, but she had so many it’s hard to keep track of them all the time. We dare you to try to name your favorite Madonna song of the 1980s!

  • Janet Jackson – Another strong female performer who really made it big in the 80s was Janet Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson, the king of pop. Janet had her own moves, and really shook up the pop music scene in a good way with her hits.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Yes, another female singer who shaved her head. Remind you of anyone recently? Anyway, there’s no denying that Sinead O’Connor deserves a place on our list of the top female singers of the 80s.

  • Paula Abdul – When it came to dancing on stage and in music videos (which were new at the time), there was no one like Paula Abdul. She really knew a lot about choreography and was able to dance her way to the top.

  • Tina Turner – Private Dancer. Need we say more? Tina Turner was a bit older in the 1980s, but she still knew how to bring it. She had a few hits in the 1980s that really shook up the pop music charts in a good way. Private Dancer came out in 1984, and after that she had several hits. Can you name them all?

When you look at the list of names above, it’s easy to see why so many men and women think the 1980s were special – especially musically. These powerful female performers were able to make their mark on the music world and change the scene for years to come. Think we missed someone? Leave their name or the name of the group below so we can make sure we have all the top women singers of the 1980s. Thanks!

Written by: Sara Stark heard someone say “watch it here,” and she was blown away by the music video she saw online. She’s been making music since she was six years old. She started with the piano, but she’s also learned to play the trumpet, flute and guitar.

World’s 7 best female singers

World’s 7 best female singers

Singer Britney Spears was one of the best sell...

Singer Britney Spears was one of the best selling female performers of the 2000s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the music world is full of great female singers only a few have reached the level of greatness that these giants of American pop culture have. These amazing singers, old and new have made it to the top of the list with their incredible songs and voices. Check out for the best female singers of all time whose voices spin you all over.

1.  Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is pretty much everyone’s sweet heart. She started composing songs at a very young age. She released her first hit “Tim McGraw,” in 2006 which sold more than 2.5 million copies. In 2008, Swift won a Grammy Award for her album Fearless. Cover Girl also identified her talent and signed her to be their model in 2010. In 2012, Forbes magazine declared as the highest paid celebrity under 30, overtaking Justin Bieber, Rihana and Lady Gaga. She has also won six American music awards. Recently she was honored with the CMA Pinnacle award for her achievements as a country singer and for her love on “country music”. Taylor attended the 2013 American awards in Los Angeles which nominated her for five awards and honored her with four awards.

2.  Katy Perry

Katy Perry is among the world’s greatest artists. “I kissed a girl” made it to the top of Hot 100 and was named Billboard’s 2008 Song of the summer. Perry soon earned a huge fan base with her hits like “Hot n Cold” and “Waking Up in Vegas.” “California Gurls,” became one of Kate’s greatest hits ever, making it to the top of the Hot 100 for six weeks. The music video for “Firework” has collected 336 million YouTube views and Perry was honored with Video of the Year for this great work. Kate is not only a singer but also a successful business woman launching her own perfumes. With the support of great artists like Robyn, Marina and Janelle Monae, Kate performed “Teenage Dream” at Europe, Australia, Asia, North America and many other countries. By the end of 2011, the California Dreams made the 13th biggest hit of the year generating an income of $48.8 million. Perry has also acted in a family comedy that turned out to be the biggest hit. “Wide Awake,” which was written for her 3D movie “Part of me,” won the second place on the Hot 100 and has received 2.6 million downloads till now. In 2012, she was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

3.  Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is another Rock band queen of the world after Oprah Winfrey and her power is her talent and dedication to work with which she creates amazing songs that deeply touch you. Her original name is Stefani Angelina Germanotta which is not known to many. She began her career as writing songs for other artists until Akon discovered her while she was performing a show called “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue.” Her single”Poker Face” and the debut album, The Fame, topped charts in all categories all over the globe. This international pop star’s debut single, “Just Dance,” became popular on radio. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 but it lost to Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” but this didn’t stop Gaga from ranking No.1 on the mainstream pop charts in January 2009. Later she released albums “The Fame Monster” and “Born This Way.”

4.  Rihanna

Robyn Rihanna Fenty popularly known as Rihanna released her first debut album, Music of the Sun, which entered the top ten of Billboard 200 and her debut single “Pon de Replay” was included in the Billboard Hot 100. With the release of her second and third albums, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006 and “Good girl Gone Bad” Rihanna became a fully fledged pop star and sex symbol. She received her first Grammy award for her debut single “Umbrella.”  Her sixth studio album “Talk That Talk” received the 2013 Grammy Award for the best music video.

5.  Carly Rae Jepsen

This Canadian singer appeared on the music scene in 2008 with her album “Tug of War.” In 2010 she released her second album, “Curiosity,” which included “Call Me Maybe,” a tune that was positioned No.1 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She was musically inspired by pop singer Natalie Imbruglia. Her video performance “The Roots” has earned her millions of fans on YouTube.

6.  Britney Spears

Britney Spears is one among the best pop singers of the world. She began her career in 1992 and her first debut “Baby One More Time” reached the top of the pop charts. Her album, “Oops! I Did It Again” was an instant No.1 hit on the album list, selling more than 1 million copies in the first week. Another greatest hit “My Prerogative” sold 5 million copies.

7.   Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez popularly known as J.Lo, is an American pop star, actress, fashion designer and television producer. Her musical career began with her debut Latin pop album, On the 6 in June 1999. The debut single “If you had my love,” was the greatest hit. She won 2 American music awards for pop/Rock Feamle Artist and Favorite Latin Artist. So far, she has sold more than forty-eight million albums worldwide.

Brianne Walter is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on Social Cloud