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Have Harp, Will Travel – The Global Musical Adventures of CHIARA CAPOBIANCO

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Chiara Capobianco’s earliest musical memory finds her at ages 3-5 attending the Puccini Festival in the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago in Tuscany, where the famed composer wrote classic operas like “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly.” Her early passion for classical music, her natural wanderlust – and her later love, as a child of the 80s, for the pop magic of American icons like Michael Jackson and Madonna – laid the foundation for her emergence as a true musical citizen of the world.

chiara capobianco harpistIn the 20-plus years since she performed her first professional gigs as last minute fill-in harpist in orchestras everywhere from her home country to Switzerland, Poland and England, the multi-talented musician has performed for thousands of people across the globe – in settings ranging from cruise ships, hotels and weddings to clubs and concert halls. Since 1990, she has gigged as a solo harpist (with both classic and Irish harp), in duos with fellow harp players and also with violin, flute, cello, piano, voice and full ensembles.

Given Career Boosts By Legends Max Weinberg And John Oates, Singer/Songwriter Josh Taerk Brings His Passion To ‘Stages’ Throughout The U.S. and UK

Born and raised in Toronto, living, writing and recording in Nashville these past three years and complementing his U.S. tours with frequent performances in the UK, indie singer-songwriter Josh Taerk considers himself a musical citizen of the world.

Josh Taerk Indie Breaking through in 2017 on the Hot AC Commercial Radio charts with “Anywhere Love Took Us,” the first single from his latest EP Stages, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower, Kevin Costner & Modern West, John McLaughlin and Austin Jones while headlining their own shows throughout the Midwest, South and as far West as Midland TX, Salt Lake City and Denver.

His high energy performances led acclaimed music journalist Jason Richie to name him one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015, and in May of that year, the title track from his full-length album was playlisted on over 40 radio stations throughout the UK, where he toured in support of The Soldiers in 2012-2013 and headlined two UK university tours in 2013 and 2015. Josh was chosen to play Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition and made it to the semi-final round, Indie Week Europe 2015 where he and his band played 5 shows, and Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival at Nathan Phillips Square in 2011.

Progressive Power-Pop Band Stop.Drop.Rewind Explore the Deeper Intricacies of Cause and Effect on Their Epic First Full Length Album ‘ELEMENT & AFTERMATH’

In 2008, when Kris Lohn was a student at Valparaiso University tinkering with the idea of starting a band, he came up with lighthearted moniker Stop.Drop.Rewind based on his original vision to create a synth dance outfit.

stop drop rewind musiThree songs into developing his concept, however, the bassist realized that the sound was heading in a much edgier, more intense, power-pop direction. It quickly began solidifying into a fresh, multi-faceted vibe when his old friend, guitarist DJ Crenson, transferred to Valpo from the University of Maryland and the two began taking their longtime friendship and musical partnership to a whole new level. They had met years earlier, back in their 6th grade science class, and started their first group together by the end of that year. Stop.Drop.Rewind comes by its eclecticism naturally. Throughout middle school and high school, Kris and DJ played everything from punk and emo to jazz, marching band, contemporary Christian and singer/songwriter styled material.

“Our vibe changed,” Kris muses, “and we checked it out and there were no other bands called Stop.Drop.Rewind. It was a goofy idea, but now it’s a ten year old band name so it just works.” The band, whose current lineup includes drummer Andy Sutton and guitarist/vocalist Josh Andrews, will perform at 616 Music Venue in Kenosha February 23 as part of their tour for their just released first full length album Element & Aftermath.

Musical Scientist MELANIE EDWARDS releases her 10th album BETWEEN THE BINARY

Singer Songwriter Melanie EdwardsOn the foothills of releasing her award-winning single WHAT HAPPENED and seven years, to the day, after debuting her EP BETWEEN THE BINARY, musical scientist MELANIE EDWARDS releases her 10th album BETWEEN THE BINARY (COLLECTOR’S EDITION); a remastered version of her initial record with unreleased, never-before-heard demos, B-sides, live recordings and studio instrumentals. Channeling the shadow side, Edwards commands the attention of her listeners, captivating them with her haunting vocals, intricate compositions and songbird melodies. In person, spectators are glued to Edwards’s intriguing hands as they dance down the ivory keys. Edwards’s comedic interludes make every performance a theatrical experience for her audiences and not just another songstress playing the piano.

Classically trained in piano, violin and voice since the early age of nine, Edwards’s collection of songs showcases an authentic, dynamic musical concoction that reminds listeners what real talent sounds like. Edwards’s BETWEEN THE BINARY (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) is void of over-produced, “microwaved” compilations delivering a buzz-worthy revisit.

GiGhive is relaunching its Music Network in the Fall of 2017

gighive music logoGiGhive Independent Artists is gearing things up to re launch the network in the Fall of 2017. December 7, 2017.

GiGhive.com, an online media directory of hand-picked independent artists, musicians and music industry professionals, is a site dedicated to the promotion of independent artists and music industry professionals. The network is kicking off a new campaign for its upcoming 10 year anniversary in search of new artists, musicians, bands, labels and music web sites to add to the growing network.

More Details Coming Soon!

Submit your music website today and become part of the reboot!

Los Angeles Pop-R&B Singer-Songwriter, Malynda Hale, Announces Show at GiGhive’s 616 in Kenosha

 

Singer Songwriter Malynda HaleThis July 2nd, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Malynda Hale, will be bringing her sweet soulful sound to the 616. She’ll be in Kenosha promoting her most recent album, Pieces of Me.

Earlier this year, Hale’s single Falling, written as a tribute to Leelah Acorn, landed her a top-10 finalist position in GRAMMY Amplifier—a competition sponsored by The Recording Academy and Hyundai, and curated by the likes of GRAMMY winners and nominees such as Big Sean, Lzzy Hale, and Sam Hunt.

The newest record, Pieces of Me, is Hale’s 4th studio album; produced by Kevin Porter of Flashgrove Music and Darren “BabyDeeBeats” Smith, it has been described in reviews as her most personal one yet. In a chat with Gighive, Hale opened up about what she’s learned on her musical journey so far, and dropped us a few hints on what to expect for her upcoming stop at the 616.

“When I made my first album, I had no knowledge of actual music business,” she told us. “I knew nothing about promotion and getting reviewed; instead, I simply wanted to put out music to start getting my name out there. With the first album I didn’t take time to really make it as good as it could’ve been. I was over eager.”

Singer Songwriter Melanie Edwards Announces New Album, Lorelei, for 2016

It’s been two years since my last GiGhive Buzz chat with Melanie Edwards, who had then just finished recording her eighth album, ‘The Circle’, in Barcelona, Spain. A lot can happen in two years, and in Melanie’s case, a lot did. After a broken engagement ended her six-year relationship, Edwards used the experience to write her ninth album, which she named Lorelei after her engagement ring.

Melanie EdwardsIn Germanic mythology, Lorelei is a feminine water spirit who lures sailors with her singing. According to the folklore, Lorelei was betrayed by her love and accused of bewitching men. Narrowly escaping a death sentence, she was sent to the nunnery by the bishop. On her way there, she climbed a rock to get a last peak at the Rhine, and, believing she’d seen her love in the river, fell to her death. Legend has it that her spirit still sits on that rock, beckoning sailors with the sound of her voice, causing them to steer their ships into the cliffs.

No, Melanie Edwards didn’t throw herself into a river when her engagement ended, nor did she vow to spend her days perched on a rock, luring men to their doom; she did, however, write a record in 12 days, which in itself is no small feat in normal times, let alone after such an experience.
“My last eight records are extremely esoteric and lyrically vague, but not this one,” she says about Lorelei.
“I used the period following the end of my engagement to channel the hurt, rawness and confusion of that disconnect into sonic prose because I didn’t want to externalize the journey. Instead, I wanted to honor the experience.

“Six years of my life and a huge chapter just ended so I wanted to put it in an audible time capsule. I’ve had breakups before and went through my parents’ divorce, but nothing of this magnitude. The usual go-to for me was to throw myself into vice, distraction and anything but actually dealing with emotional pain. I knew as the healing process began that I wanted to utilize those primal feelings of loss, separation, solitude and chaos into song work because I knew I would write from a place of truth.”

Lost and Found – An interview with indie hitmakers Lost In Los Angeles (LiLA), a Californian trio with bite and melody

Lost In Los Angeles – LiLA are an alt dream pop band from, you guessed it, Los Angeles, with influences as diverse as David Bowie’s spangly catsuit collection but a sound as succinct and insightful as a pocket collection of Oscar Wilde-isms, or Louise Brooks’ iconic bob (I couldn’t decide which simile was worse, so I opted to include both for any particularly fussy readers out there.)

Lost in Los Angeles

At once surreal and esoteric, and positively chart worthy, Lost In Los Angeles are likely to appeal to anyone with a pair of functioning ears. We (or rather, I – I am only one person) chatted to them about the benefits of staying independent, the success of their most recent video, their plans for the future, and the sentient being that is songwriting. Oh, and there are some damn fine tips for marketing your music so, if you’re not a marketing genius (unlikely), I’d strongly recommend you take five minutes to learn a little from three guys who know wtf they’re talking about.