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Johan Rodrigues

At the moment I’m working on this solo project and to give you an exact date of when it started is a bit tough. I guess things start when you pick up an instrument for the first time right? But we can hop over the crowded practice rooms and the band tours and if we want to set up a more official date for when this started I would say about two years ago when I put out some songs under my own name. Prior to that I’ve been mostly making music for bands or recording different projects. So right now all the music I write and record is for this solo project. It’s being a learning experience both on the nerdy recording technical side but on the songwriting process as well. I’m getting to a place where from the first sparks of inspiration I can tell if the idea will be any good or not. It’s a lot of work but it’s fun work. What song of yours is the one you like the most? I’ll have to say a song called ‘So Is Love’. That song was sort of an eureka moment because it was different from the music i was doing at the time. The writing and recording for that song was really quick too comparing to how things would work with other projects so it gave me a confidence boost start doing music as a solo thing. How do you write your music? I play the acoustic guitar when I’m writing a song, I’ll  start with some basic chords and a melody which many times becomes the core of the song. For me the most important element is the melody. That’s what people will be humming all day. Nowadays I only write lyrics when I’m working on a song so things have a bit more honesty meaning they represent how I am feeling at that exact moment whereas before i was picking bits and pieces from texts and poems I’d written on notebooks. What is music? That’s actually the toughest question. Music is the thing that… Keep Reading

Temisan Godwin Adoki 4

Temisan Godwin Adoki

Well, the project, and mainly my beginnings as a solo artist actually began in 1997 when I was just 13 years old. I’ve always been into music and active in music from a young age. I grew up playing the piano when I was in grade school, then moved from that to playing the flute, then the guitar, then around 1995/1996 or so I was put onto electronic music…mainly house and techno. This was around the time the movie “Hackers” came out which was one of my proper introductions to that sound that was gaining some sort of mainstream traction around then. The first time I was introduced to house was back in 1990 though with the song “Spin That Wheel” by Hi Tek 3 and Ya Kid K that appeared in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action film. My dad actually bought me the soundtrack on cassette and I still have it. I would listen to that song and dance until I couldn’t anymore. But going back to 1997, this was when I was getting into electronic music heavily. If it wasn’t for the video game “Wipeout 2097” that was released on the original playstation and MTV’s “Amp”, I probably wouldn’t be here today in 2015 as a musician/producer. From those I discovered The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Underworld, Keoki, Josh Wink, Two Lone Swordsmen, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Photek, Goldie, Squarepusher…and from there people like Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Richie Hawtin (plastikman) and a slew of other talented DJs and Producers who I still hold as major influences in my work to this day. This was around the time of the second wave of the rave era too. Being a teen in the mid to late 90s I had a bit of exposure to that whole rave subculture from skateboarding, hip-hop, and generally hanging around those circles. And eventually I started going to raves and house parties soon afterwards. So after listening to those artists and buying their CD’s I attempted to make my own music. The first attempts at… Keep Reading


“100 Expressions of Music” by prepared this special article for all of its readers… We have received and published plenty of interviews, it´s taken a lot of efforts and patience to keep this project growing up, therefore this is a special “thank you” for your acceptance and engagement with us. We have asked to 100 musicians what they believe music is!! So here are their answers and the best of it is that you can also listen to them. Please continue reading and of course… share us!! Have a good reading, honestly, – Vladimir Kossma, Manager at and Contact: Music is the subjective interpretation of sound and silence. – JACK AND THE RIPPER “Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen I believe music is like pure river water that soothes any thirsty emotion. – Mapumba Most people who play music today would be dead inside without it. It comforts when nothing else can. It’s sad that some people don’t know that still. – The Uncommonly Good Music can be fused into many forms and grafted onto other mediums Music is the putty of Artists.One of the crowns of human kind, full of bright sparkling gems .Music is important and music is whatever you need it to be !Music flows alongside and within our lives and may it lead us to a better understanding of each other. – RadioRay “Music is this beautiful intangible something that can transform your mood, your spirit and your life. Walking to a beat just makes you feel alive.” – KASHKA “Don’t make music for people around you. Make music that gives glory to God.” – A.J. Music is the most effective, precise and universal of human languages because it uses no words. – Xo Music is wordless life. – Niño Crudo “Music is how I connect with other people. Searching for someone to feel a bond with, it’s a difficult journey – but worth it when you feel a connection” -Dan Rose “To make music is to know the tube that exists between ears and heart and to have the ability to make the most of it.”… Keep Reading


Preparing 100 Expressions of music, a -must read- article for participants

Hello Guys, this is Vladimir Kossma writing… I just wanted to let you all know about the coming article I am preparing for, it will contain comments and thoughts about what music is, therefore it will be called: “100 Expressions of Music” So these are the instructions for you to participate: Send your opinion about “What music is”… It must be short (No more than 160 characters) and it should be written in behalf of all your band members. Try to answer to this as more interesting as you can, remember readers should be amazed… Add your name at the end of the Opinion. Just write the name of your music project as you´d like to appear next to your opinion. Add a link to your music at BandCamp (code for wordpress). This should be an embed code (I am sorry to ask it like this, but this is a large project and I should save time to write it and edit it). Therefore I will need you to copy the embed code of the track that will be under your Opinion and Name. I will only accept the smallest player embedding code FOR WORDPRESS, this means you must chose the code that links to the smallest player. An example of the code is next: [bandcap width=100% height=42 album=286167964 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=06875] However once I copy and paste it here at the blog you see this:  So, when you are copying the code make sure you see this (click to enlarge):   I am adding an example of how your answer could be: “I believe music is whatever makes people happy while listening to sounds and thinking” – Ramiro Blanco *Remember, this embeded code looks like this when I receive your answer: [bandcap width=100% height=42 album=286167964 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5] So guys, you can take this as an opportunity for you and your music to be shown to the world. I estimate once the article is published it will receive more than 20,000 visits within the next 24 hours and more than 100,000 visits the next week once is published. Try to answer it in a way… Keep Reading

Sonic Masala Records

Sonic Masala Records

Pretty simple really. It started back in December 2009 in Minehead, at the My Bloody Valentine-curated ATP festival A Nightmare Before Christmas. My mate Paul and I were up at 4 in the morning and he was making one of his (in)famous curries (they are actually really good) drinking beer and listening to music. I think I had put on Turnpike, this band from Australia that next to no one knows about but are brilliant, and we said we needed to do something about music, seeing as we spoke about it all the time, and spent so much money and effort in buying records and watching gigs. Sonic Masala the blog was born. Sonic Masala the gig night came out of a reaction against the myriad venues and gignights that wouldn’t pay the artists (even a lousy rider); and Sonic Masala the label (along with another guy, Nathan Pickels) from trying to give bands that were struggling to get heard a platform to create a tactile release. What song of yours is the one you like the most? Well this is fairly contentious, seeing as I haven’t written any of the songs and want to remain fairly impartial. So Ill just list my favourite song from each release: What influences do you have? It’s hard to pin down my musical influences, as the eclectic nature of the Sonic Masala roster clearly shows. I have a strong passion for the Australian music scene, and especially the fermenting sonic wasteland that is Brisbane, my hometown. But I love anything that gives me a strong emotional kick to the guts – whether it be something eloquent and devastating like Dirty Three, or something visceral and heart-thumping like Pale Heads (the new project featuring Tom from The Nation Blue) or Danyl Jesu. And it’s global – I will always support Aussie music first and foremost, I nevertheless am always looking far and wide – one of my favourite albums of last year was by a Serbian band called Vvhile. I don’t have time to hate music – if I hate it, I don’t listen to it. What´s the best experience you have had with your project? Being quoted in the Independent;… Keep Reading

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