Archive for March, 2010

I think the flyer speaks volumes… See you there!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

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The Stow (EP Release Review)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 27, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

The Stow: 

When Michael Jackson first broke like every genre, he did it with good music. Fast forward and we have an up and coming group that could have the potential to do the same. The music they make is not white/black/green or pink, but strong music that can be played in various places.

With a melodic foundation for song structure, The Stow keep you buzzing with variation of song and rhyme. Tracks like ’round and round’ paint a picture of a life 80% of the population can relate to. This almost  installs a nature of trust in them.

Songs like ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Mamma’ paint a soulful echo with a beautiful voice that gives each song a reinforced message. 

Each song has an element of every music source, making it a dynamic and ecletic in journey. So what are you waiting for? It is a free download, so what have you got to lose? I think you will find you have all to gain!! 

In order to receive the ‘JUST ANOTHER BAND’ ep, subcribe to the Stow’s mailing list via their facebook or myspace page – ep drops 1st april so sign up NOW!!

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Who says Britain ain’t got raw talent!!?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

This is old.. but remains so new to me!! 

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New Drake and The Dream song

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

I really, really hope that Drake can meet expectations for the ‘Thank me later’ duet album!! Artists mostly produce the goods on the first offering….

However, Drake has flooded the market with so many free mixtapes in the interim, I am not sure if he has over done it? Time will tell… But it worked with lil Wayne

Anyway.. here is a leak from his expected duet album.. ‘Thank me later’

From a Production perspective, it is very simple but oh so effective.. I find that …’The Dream’s’ music revolves mostly around his lyrics and vocal.

No way a single, but good enough for an album cut (if it makes it on there)!

Drakes ‘Thank me later’ will hopefully be out this year :-S Its nearly a year ago since he dropped ‘Best I ever had’…

I think he will do 400.000 in the US in his first week (album sales)… Bets in!!

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Do music producers get the credit they deserve?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beats, Kanye West, Timberland

What do they all have in common?

They are all producers who have conformed to taking the limelight and played the artist card. This is to the point where they are probably recognised

More so for their artist features rather than their beat making ability! Each have released solo albums with them vocalling their pieces. I question why this happens at this frequency? IS it because they still want to cement their music message? Or is it brand promotion, to make the audience aware that they made it? Do you have to be a producer/artist to be recognised?

When I make music, there is a distinct narrative to everything I do. I speak through my music; however my musical voice, along with the narrative becomes some what distorted once artists out their interpretation to it.

I have heard some undeniable instrumentals by producers, leaving the artist a minimal task in ensuring they don’t subtract. However as a music buying member of the public, artists alone will receive the praise! Is that right? Or should artists have a responsibility to credit the bods behind the frontline? For example, Tinie Tempah, Pass Out…. Who knows who produced it? On the other hand certain producers may not want limelight credits at all! But from a business perspective, you need exposure and to achieve this, you need to make people aware of your CV repetiore.

I guess from my perspective, I wish I could work more alongside artists on instrumentals instead of producing instrumental CDs, because I feel that I lose the element of vibing and don’t fully follow through on my art form.

Perhaps a little biased, but food for thought!!

 

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My music journey so far…..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

You see communicating about something you feel so much for can be the most difficult thing to put into words. Its similar to saying ‘sorry’ because from one perspective, it’s a word from a dictionary to another it’s letting go of pride and almost exposing yourself as an individual.

See with this blog entry, I wanted to give you an insight into how far I have come, to where I want to be. By how far I have come, its been an internal battle from loving music, to hating it, to loving it again but being wiser this time round!

When I fell in love with music I originally started by singing. I kind of settled for producing because I use to pick holes in instrumentals and was not organically use to the limelight. Historically, I look back and can pin point moments in my life, correlating them to sound tracks, which is why I held music so close to my heart.

The highs, well…. At my peak I created a successful night called ‘Soul Lab’ alongside Daniel B and Ash (Remedy) for over a year. We had XO Man and MC Fontz host, creating a platform for up and coming artists. Alongside this I produced music for the likes of GFrSH, Dice (FrSH), Incisive, Bianca Rose, Sherissa Stewart and the list goes on…. I won BBC 1xtra home-grown and founded Tagg This clothing with DM.

However what goes up must come down and I was no different. My emotions for music started to fluctuate. It was not just about music any more it was about the compromise of the music business and how I fitted into the jigsaw. I was no longer making music for me, it was people dictating what they wanted and me conforming. Along the way, I started to lose more money, investing in expansion without a solid strategy. There was one instance where me and DM paid 300 pounds for a design my 4 year old niece could have produced! Juggling a full time job with music was proving more difficult and I guess this was the beginning of the end.

The opposite of love is hate, with such a thin line in between!! So I started to sway to the hate and abandon my love for music. It was simple; I did not listen to music at all and could no way talk about it, let alone make it! I generally thought that was it… No more music forever and my only delight would be Eastenders (because I had no substitute to populate my time)!! A year passed and I still felt the same way.

They say if you let love go and it comes back to you it was rightfully yours right? I gradually started to listen to music again and by the start of 2010 I found my love back. How do I feel? I feel I have the energy of a freshman and the mind of a wiser person. This time round I intend be more tactical with everything I do.

See I guess the moral of this blog is that we live life once with no sequel. So I would rather give this my all and know that I succeeded, with no failure (like the way I worded that)!

The futures not orange, but its bright and I have a lot coming. New music, a new music event and even me touching the mic… so let’s make this happen!

I believe that music chose me, I never chose music, so it’s only right I serve my purpose.

I just joined twitter, so feel free to follow my ongoing journey.

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Here are some free music downloads and pics from my music past:

These are my three favorite songs I have produced, just click on the titles to download:

(Click here) Happy Ft GFrsh and Adrian (Remedy)

(Click Here)Lost ft Natalie Broomes

(Click Here) Be your girl Ft Incisive and Sherissa Stewart

And finally :

Here is a demo version of a song I never released as I was not feeling the vocals by the girl, but I loved what the rapper had to say.

(Click here) Enjoy your life Ft Ocean

Below are some pics from my music past… I had a music video with GfrSH with a song called ‘Whas it gonna be’ and one of the pics from that day is below.. Jak Frsh who has received a lot of praise of late directed the video. Also in the pics below are Hypa and Marcie, DM, Daniel B, Ash (Remedy), Chipmunk, XO Man and Fontz. Gooooood Times…

Tinie Tempah – Pass Out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by leslielewiswalker

Lets make this number 1… ! Yes we can!! Big up Mr Tempah…

If this goes to the top spot it will mean alot…

1) Because it is not your conventional ‘girl on a hook’ type of a song and is much harder than what other artists from that genre have previously released and been successful with.

2) Its kinda used the power of the internet to drive sales.. I mean twitter went mad on Monday morning.

3) It is a dope tune!! 

Currenly forecast for the top spot… Get yours now!! 🙂

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