Their Talent always shines through…Darrelle London and Charice

May 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm (Indie Artists, Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I know that I don’t blog very much nowadays (because I’m always trying to up the content on my other sites), however, occasionally I see thinks that “spike” me into writing a reply.

I woke up today Sun. May 23rd, 2010 & I saw 2 things in the Sunday Entertainment section of the Toronto Star (the biggest newspaper in Canada) that struck my attention.

1) The top 10 music sellers according to Nielsen Soundscan for May 10 – 16th. Out of the top 10, at least 4 of those artists/bands I would count as indie music artists.

Actually #1 was an artist named Charice (real name Charice Pempengco) who gained her fame with talent, severe heavy hitter music biz backing & Oprah show.

2) There is a feature article on a couple pages later on Toronto indie music artist, Darrelle London. She has apparently been gathering steam, as her music caught the eye of Perez Hilton (signed with his music label), and she’s getting a big push with her album’s upcoming release “Edible Word Parade”.

WHY AM I BLOGGING ABOUT THIS??

1) Basically, I’m trying to show my point, that indie artists in many cases…crack the top selling charts. Meaning, in many cases, major music selling stars, get their start as indie artists. Not tons of them, but there are lot’s of them. As well Lady Gaga (who is on the list but I didn’t count as Indie), well about 2-3 years ago, Gaga was a New York City indie artist nobody heard about…

Charice Pempengco – I’ve known about this teenage super pop vocalist for awhile on YouTube. She’s had the backing of mega producer David Foster, and her YouTube videos can give you chills with her singing ability. Now, of course getting Oprah’s seal of approval with an invite on her show, cannot hurt an artist’s chances…

2) Darrelle London – I knew about her too…why I wrote a feature on her over a month ago. The Star article says all this good fortune is coming her way, which it is, however, she was instrumental in that happening. She contacted Perez Hilton, she sends her music to anyone she thinks would be interested (like me), basically she makes her own chances, and I happy for her successes (like getting on 90210) soundtrack.

My closing statement is that if you have a good ear (or write about music all the time), know what quality/talented artists/music sounds like, you will generally have heard of the “Breaking New Music Artists” way before they have broken into the mainstream (you aren’t surprised!).

For example,Stefani Germanotta, now known as Lady Gaga, performing at Ultraviolet Live, NYU’s annual talent show. She ended up coming in 3rd place. 2nd place was Funky Butter. 1st place was Tom Costello & Stephan Magloire. I think this was 2006…

Lady GaGa before she was famous…

~Jason a.k.a. Chodidee

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Bridgestock 09′: A New Canadian Indie Music Festival

August 18, 2009 at 6:14 pm (Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My first article with Examiner.com! I’m pretty excited because it has taken a long time to get to this point. I can’t wait to cover music exclusively, and I will continue to write my blogs (thoughts & stuff I can’t put down for Examiner – here). It’s a busy next few months, seeing shows, networking, doing interviews, and staying ahead the tech/social media game so that I can be effective at what I’m trying to do. And that is to be a respected writer online or otherwise, writing great articles with cool pictures, and links!

Here my 1st article with Examiner.com

It’s about a Canadian Indie Music Festival called Bridgestock 09′. Check it out! http://lnk.ms/1bGdT

~ Jason Chu

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Top 12 Underground/Indie/Unsigned Songs of the Week (June 13th – 19th)

July 4, 2009 at 7:27 am (Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hey y’all,

This will just be a quick recap of the songs I chose in my weekly Top 10 Countdown article at Tweeple Magazine (http://www.tweeplemagazine.com). There is one difference, this recap will include embedded links of videos, so you will see visually the bands/artists before you click on the video. Enjoy! ~ Jason

Jason’s Top 12 Underground/Indie/Unsigned Songs of the Week

1. “Hello Goodbye” – Jonathan Clay @iamjonathanclay (Acoustic/Indie/Folk Rock) ~ Austin, Texas http://www.myspace.com/jonathanclay

2. “Stand on Me” – Anna Gilbert @AnnaGilbert (Indie/Pop/Ambient) ~ Eugene/Nashville, Oregon http://www.myspace.com/annagilbert

3. “Krumbsnatcha Do It For You” – Tone Spliff (Hip Hop/Rap/Turntablism) ~ Utica, New York http://www.myspace.com/tonespliff

4. “How Sweet You Saved Me” – Jennifer June (Electroacoustic/Indie/Folk) ~ Montreal, Quebec, Canada. http://www.myspace.com/jenniferjune

No video I could find.

5. “Born and Raised” – Alexisonfire @aof_official (Hardcore/Rock/Indie) ~ St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada http://www.myspace.com/alexisonfire

6. “Love Is All” – mr.j.medeiros @mrjmedeiros feat. Tara Ellis (Hip Hop) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/mrjmedeiros

7. “Bitten Off” – Jessy Moss (Electro/Punk/Pop Funk) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/jessymosscom

An older song, but new to me, so I included it!

8. “Motor Music” – Finale prod. Black Milk (Hip Hop/Visual/Soul) ~ Detroit, Michigan http://www.myspace.com/finale

Another slightly older track, however, slightly remixed/retouched with crisp sound.

9. “O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Dancing)” – Ultraviolet Sound @UVS, @sarahhudson (Electro/Pop/Hip Hop/Dance) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/ultravioletsound

10. “Young Lady” – N’dambi @Ndambi (R&B/Alternative/Funk) ~ Dallas/Los Angeles, Texas http://www.myspace.com/ndambi

11. “Remove the Blindfold” – Kill The Mockingbird @ktmwire (Metal Core) ~ Los Angeles, California http://www.myspace.com/killthemockingbird

12. “Celebrated (Radio Edit)” – 4TrakZ (Electro/Experimental/Pop) ~ Lyon, France http://www.myspace.com/4trakz

A short 4TrakZ clip from “Inauguration – Nuit Sonores 2009″ performance in Lyon, France.

http://www.pressionlive.com/artistes/4TrakZ.html

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Music Reviews…Why Take So Long?

May 31, 2009 at 9:29 pm (Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hey y’all, if you took the time to read this thanks! I’ll just explain my rationale for writing music reviews.

1. I want to write quality music reviews that will be respected by musicians as well as easy to understand/digest for the regular music fan. So far I have written about 10 music reviews, and it takes me about 2 hrs. minimum each. Why so long? You got to listen to the music at least 2 times, if not more. Also, to add in the embedded videos and correct all the grammar issues (so that it is professional – i.e. linkable to major websites), takes a lot of time. Therefore, quality not quantity is what I’m aiming for.

2. I will focus on the positives of each musician/band, however I will write constructive comments when necessary (things that I think if improved upon, would greatly help their chances of enlarging their audience).

3. I only have limited time as well, so I have to choose very carefully of who I’m going to write about. I try my best to focus more so on the unsigned/indie/underground music (they need the publicity), but I do have to throw in major artists as well. So half my battle is sifting through all the bands/musicians and choose who I’m going to write about. Something that I keep high on my list: If the artist is releasing something new right now. It is then my priority to review that soon, for the fans and everyone else.

4. I do this currently for personal enjoyment, and love almost nothing as much as hearing new music because I have a super high degree of respect for musicians and the craft that they do. I’m not doing this for fame or anything to do with that, and I’m not doing this to become friends with musicians. It’s about the quality of the report/review (if it’s good, people will take what you have to say…seriously, they’ll give you respect!).

5. What makes me qualified to write a music review? I don’t know, other than I’m a mega music fan, that knows what is quality. I have very diverse music tastes, just ask my friends, it would be hard to pigeonhole my musical tastes. I have also been a music teacher at a school (taught almost the whole school music), I’ve been in a rock band, jazz bands, I can play the piano, bass, guitar, sing in a choir, steel drums, saxophone, baritone/tuba, basic familiarity with soundboards, editing, and I know music theory as well.

Hope this gives you more information on the specifics of music reviews, the rationale, and purposes for writing them. Please contact me at the links below, if you have further questions! Remember #1: It’s never about You! It’s ALWAYS about the musician/band & their music…FIRST!!!

~ Jason Chu

www.myspace.com/chodidee
www.youtube.com/Chodidee
Twitter: Chodidees

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Music Reviews – How I Write Them

May 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Name: Artist

Genre:

Major/indie/unsigned:

Album:

Released:

I will rate it “Overall” out of **** (including halves)

Musicality – the musicians ability to play cohesively (together/tight)

Singing – voice quality, confidence, best fit – with band, versatility, appealing to fans

Lyrics – depth and meaning; interesting and worthy of multiple listens

Flow/Rhythm – Is it crisp and clean, does it make people wanna hop, jump, nod their heads, step, waves their hands like they just don’t care (O.K. You get it!)

Freshness – Is this original, a new sound/style, or song, that gets me outta my seat!

Technicality/Recording – Quality of the recording

Visuals – Videos, advertisements, on Myspace, or elsewhere – does it help enhance or detract from your music/image

Top #2 Songs: I pick my fav’s

Just so everybody knows where I’m coming from, the rubric above is what I will use to review the music/musicians that will be seen here in this “Music Reviews” category in this blog. I will not be able to comment on every category for each artist because it would take too long, however, I will focus on the important ones. If you have any questions, please leave a comment, tweet, or talk to me on Myspace.

~ Jason Chu

@Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

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