TI Exclusive: Interview With Alec Chambers — Read Here!!

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Meet Alec Chambers, the virtuosic 19-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who could understand chord charts well before he could operate a motor vehicle. Chambers recently released his much-anticipated first single “Whole Again.” Below is our exclusive interview with Alec!

Hi Alec, it’s nice to talk to you how are you doing?
Heyyyyyyy. I’m doing great! working on a lot of cool things. Excited that the EP is finally out. 🙂
What was the process to get your new ep all together?
I’ve been writing for this EP for about 2 years. After gathering about 40 or so songs, my manager and I sat down and chose the 4 that we thought really represented who I want to be as an artist. The kind of music I want to make. We recorded the EP in Brooklyn with Rob Guariglia. It was 8 hours days, 4 days a week for about 2 months straight. it was awesome.
How has the reaction of your EP been? Is it what you expect or better?
It’s been really great. It was exactly what I expected. A lot of people really don’t know who I am yet, but this record definitely allowed me to get to the next stage of my career. Really pleased with the response.
We see you have a few shows coming up, what are you looking forward to the most?
I’m looking forward to playing out, and getting myself in front of people and singing from my heart.
Have you had any weird or odd fan experiences?
Haha. Uh. No
Is there one thing that you have to bring with you when going away for shows? 
Not really. Just my guitar. I need that….
Being that you just released your EP can we expect an album next?
Probably another EP! I have no plans to record one yet, but I’m hoping soon.
What are the next things you will be working on being that you just finished your EP?
Playing more shows, working to get my music heard, writing. Everything. Everything that I was still doing before the ep was out…. 🙂
Thanks so much Alec for taking the time to chat with TeenInfoNet!

VIDEO: Urban Cove & Tove Lo Release “Come Back To Me”!

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Swedish electropop-outfit Urban Cone released their brand new single, “Come Back To Me” featuring two-time Swedish Grammy winner Tove Lo. The song was co-written with the “Habits” hit-maker and is the second single from their upcoming sophomore album Polaroid Memories. The eleven song LP is set to release in the U.S. on May 12 and features Urban Cone’s current single, “Sadness Disease.” Pre-order Polariod Memories and instantly download “Sadness Disease” and ”New York” HERE.

“It’s the first time we are doing a vocal feature and we feel honored that it’s with our wonderful friend Tove.”

Urban Cone will be heading back to the U.S. to join the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) on March 18, 19 & 21. Showcases confirmed include KCRW School Night, Stubhub’s Culture Collide, and more. After the festival in Austin, Texas the band will headline in Scandinavia then tour Europe supporting fellow swede Tove Lo.

SXSW Confirmed Showcases:

3/18     Secret Sounds Day Party @ Holy Mountain

3/18     KCRW School Night Party @ Red 7

3/19     UMGD Experience @ Palm Door on 6th

3/19     Culture Collide & Stubhub @ Clive Bar

3/19     SXSW Official Play @ Stubbs

3/21     Beautiful Buzz/Vitalic Noise @ The Brew Exchange

 

European Tour w/ Tove Lo:

3/30     Koko, London

4/06     Melkweg, Amsterdam

4/07     Le Trianon, Paris

4/09     Postbahnhof, Berlin

4/11     Le Botanique/Orangerie, Brussels

4/13     Store Vega, Copenhagen

4/14     Vulkan, Oslo

 

Scandinavian Headlining Tour:

5/13     Debaser Medis, Stockholm

5/15     Yeah 2015, Orebro

5/16     Mejeriet, Lund

5/17     Pustervik, Gothenburg

5/28     Ideal Bar, Copenhagen

5/29     Internatsjonalen, Oslo

Polaroid Memories Tracklist:

  1. Weekends
  2. New York
  3. We Are Skeletons
  4. Come Back to Me
  5. You Built Your House Out of Cards
  6. Rocketman
  7. Robot Love
  8. Treasure
  9. Sadness Disease
  10. It’s Hard to Hate Someone You Love
  11. Never Gonna See You Again

Franki Love Premieres New Single “Walking Wounded”!

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LA/NYC based singer-songwriter Franki Love has released her brand new single “Walking Wounded” from her upcoming album OTIAS, out later this year. “I wrote ‘Walking Wounded’ late one night at the piano,” Franki tells Cliche Mag. “After my mom passed away from cancer, I was being mentored by music producer Phil Ramone who encouraged me to sit at the piano and start writing. I wrote this song about how we’re all connected as one – if one person is hurting, then we are all walking wounded.”

“Walking Wounded” was produced by Grammy award-winning producer, David Kershenbaum, who also produced two other songs on OTIAS. “I’m hoping that when people hear the song, they’ll feel inspired and connected to it.” – Franki Love

A classically trained pianist, Franki Love began playing music at the early age of four, and started her career by performing at local coffee shops in Los Angeles. Franki has garnered success at the LA Music Awards, where she took home the award for ‘Female Singer-Songwriter of the Year,’ as well as ‘Single of the Year’ for her hit, “Shadow.” The official music video for “Shadow” was also nominated for ‘Best Music Video’ at the Hollywood Film Festival.

Franki’s upcoming album OTIAS was funded via Kickstarter. The album is dedicated to her mother, who passed away in January 2013 due to cancer.

You can check out “walking Wounded” on SoundCloud right HERE! Stay up to date with Franki Love by checking her out via social networks below:

Website / Socials
http://www.frankilove.com/
https://www.facebook.com/frankilovemusic
https://twitter.com/frankilovemusic
https://instagram.com/frankilove/
https://www.youtube.com/user/frankilovemusic

Rachel Lynn’s Got A Show With AJR In NYC & Reveals “Tend To The Flame” Acoustic Vid!

rachelWith the over-saturated music market these days it’s not often a vocalist really elicits an emotional response with their performance. Bringing that sort of passionate artistry back to the table is, Rachel Lynn, a classically trained vocalist whose original soulful pop music is entwined with her signature evocative lyrics. The NYC-based chanteuse’s sound resonates with the passion of a singer-songwriter raised on 90’s pop and Motown masterpieces, which can be heard in her new EP To Street & Transfer [Nov 2014]Today, Rachel has partnered up with PopBytes to unveil the first video from her unplugged series, a stripped down rendition of her single “Tend to the Flame.”

In addition to sharing this new series with fans, Rachel is also excited to announce she’ll be opening for Warner Brother’s Records band, AJR, at New York City’s The Studio at Webster Hall on March 5th!

Check out the new video below and grab her new EP on iTunes!

Nashville Hip-Hop Artist, ShaManic Is About To Go “Mindless”!

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ShaManic, the Nashville rapper known for his dynamic beats, diverse melodies and passionate vocals will be releasing his brand new video Mindless which is taken from his debut album THE ARTIST on February 24, 2015.
The song originated from ShaManic’s past in a mental institution where he battled physical health issues. Produced by Provoke Films, “Mindless” was directed by Ciro Ayala and animated by Cyrus Wang and Caesar Liu.
Mindless takes you on a journey inside the depths of ShaManic’s fraught mind as he recounts the experience of being a patient in a psychiatric hospital. He expresses the grueling experience throughout the lyrics of the song:
 
Run off the tracks, crash in a blaze of gory glory
Only I have a cadaver gathered to take the place for me
As I escape and relax, fiddling with a straight jacket latch
Next time I’ll just snap my arm in half and escape like that
ShaManic’s Mindless video is like a page out of Hunter S. Thompson’s classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas coming to life and brilliantly illustrating the drug induced imagery – morphing characters, fictional animals and drug euphoria which he experienced during his hospitalization.
At least I’ve got this seraquil Vanderbilt prescribed telling me it might help
If I keep trying to bite, I might be masked no vigilante
Psychotic, depressed, anxious, they trying to up the anti
But all the meds do is fuck my head and leave me feeling antsy
The video is also filled with colorful metaphors, abstract art and vivid dream-like depictions to symbolize the artistic and imaginative mind of ShaManic. He uses art in different ways to tell his triumphant story, “Music is ecstasy to me. It’s the place I can escape to and forget the world; forget my pain, my problems, and a place where everything is possible. When I write a song, I guess that’s where I’m trying to take you,” ShaManic explains.
 
Mindless is ShaManic’s way of spreading his message in the hope that it will reach and affect others who find themselves struggling through dark times. It is however, the same journey which fueled his brightly burning artistic fire.
For digital downloads and more information on ShaManic please visit his social networks:

Cartel Releases “Say Anything (Else)” Acoustic Music Video!

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Cartel is thrilled to be partnering with AbsolutePunk for another acoustic video release. This week the band has unveiled their smashing hit single “Say Anything (Else)”. Fans can check out the already released hits “If I Fail” and “Minstrel’s Prayer” on Absolute Punk now.

Cartel’s highly-anticipated 10 Year Anniversary Chroma tour is officially on sale for the general public at CartelChroma.com. The band announced earlier this month they will be joined by Hit The Lights (East Coast only), TEAM*, and Driver Friendly officially kicking off April 9th in Minneapolis, MN at Mill City Nights. Pre-sale for the tour was a hit selling out in Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, and Los Angeles within minutes (additional tickets have been released to the public and are available now). In addition, the band announced their long-awaited band-approved edition of Chroma on vinyl via Field Day Records (also on sale now at CartelChroma.com). The official release features include 180g double vinyl, a first pressing of white vinyl, and a gate fold in die-cast slip. Only 1000 copies were made for the initial pressing.

The September 2005 pop punk debut album (produced/engineered by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount)powered by the melodic hits of “Say Anything (Else)” and “Honestly” catapulted Cartel’s career in the music world. In its first week of release,it sold over 3,000 copies, debuted #1 on Soundscan’s Alternative New Artist Charts, and hit #2 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart. The band grew in popularity earning them a deal with Epic Records and tours with New Found Glory, The Early November and Hit The Lights. Chroma was re-released in June 2006 which included new artwork and a 3-song live EP entitled Live Dudes with an updated version of “Save Us,” featuring the entire band backing Pugh on piano. Chroma has sold over 250,000 copies since its release.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

  • 3/20 – Dallas, TX @ South By So What
  • 3/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Note: not a ‘Chroma’ show)

*With Mayday Parade, The Maine, Frank Iero and Driver Friendly

WITH HIT THE LIGHTS, TEAM*, DRIVER FRIENDLY:

  • 4/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
  • 4/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
  • 4/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
  • 4/12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
  • 4/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
  • 4/15 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
  • 4/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
  • 4/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
  • 4/18 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
  • 4/19 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
  • 4/10 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
  • 4/21 – Freehold, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
  • 4/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
  • 4/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
  • 4/25 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

 

WITH TEAM*, DRIVER FRIENDLY:

  • 5/06 – San Diego, CA @ Porter’s Pub
  • 5/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
  • 5/08 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
  • 5/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
  • 5/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
  • 5/12 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
  • 5/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
  • 5/15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
  • 5/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

For Updates, Please Visit:

www.cartelchroma.com

Cartel Facebook

Cartel Twitter

Singer Rebecca Juliet Releases New Single About Empowerment To Women!

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Rebecca Juliet is a 16-year-old New York City-based singer-songwriter who knew that she had two callings from the time she was very young: music and social service. She is an elite vocalist who has a wide vocal range, and can skillfully sing in a number of genres, ranging from opera to pop. Rebecca strongly believes in using her musical talents to help people in need and present positive messages. AXS.com notes that Rebecca Juliet is “out to change the world through her music”.

With the release of her second single “Damsel In Distress,” Rebecca presents a powerful message: young women can overcome many challenges, and do not need to be “rescued” to succeed in life. The song has a retro/pop feel with a modern, twenty-first century message about the empowerment of women. Rebecca hopes that “Damsel” will attract favorable popular attention, particularly among women. Bust Magazine is already calling it the “Feminist Pop Anthem” of 2015.

Rebecca will be donating all the net profits from the purchase of “Damsel In Distress” on iTunes and Amazon to “Girls Inc. of New York City” an organization that assists under-served 6 to 18-year old girls in New York City to realize their full academic, emotional, and physical health potential. As Pamela Maraldo, CEO of Girls Inc. of New York City said, “Girls Inc. of New York City is proud to partner with strong, smart, and bold girls like Rebecca who work hard and give back to their communities”.

Rebecca’s first single, “Angel On Our Shoulder” was released in 2013. Recently the national website AXS.com praised the song as “a  poignant, rousing, inspiring anthem that, at its climax, would rival even Celine Dion’s vocal brawn”. All profits from the purchase of that song are devoted to charities that benefit families directly impacted by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and help establish religious services for persons with special needs. Rebecca’s charitable partners and goals are discussed in detail on her website, www.rebeccajuliet.com.

TI Exclusive: Jillian O Releases New Single & Video — Watch Here!!

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Jillian O just released her new single “Mannequin” today, February 19th! She released the song through a new video on her YouTube. It has been about a year since Jillian has posted a new song or cover, so this is very exciting!

Here is the video of her new single Mannequin and we can’t wait to hear more amazing songs from Jillian hopefully in the new future!!

VIDEO: Kelsea Ballerini Talks About Single “Love Me Like You Mean It” With Radio Disney!

kelseaHow would you feel if you heard your new song on the radio for the first time ever? That’s what Radio Disney’s finding out from singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini. She gets into talking about hearing her hit single for the first time on Radio Disney and any meaning behind the single itself.

Find out what she had to say with Radio Disney below!

Chris Miles Finds Love In “Conversations”, Premiere On Yahoo! & Snapchat!

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If Chris Miles has proved anything this year, it’s that talent has no age limit. The 15 year-old MC has impressed everyone from music industry heavyweights like 50 Cent and Mac Miller to legendary producers such as Statik Selektah, with his controlled rapid fire flow and complex rhyme patterns. All of his hard work is evident in the release of debut EP Birth of Cool. Miles spits about challenges he faces as a young rapper and love. In his new music video for “Conversations,” Miles shows how interconnected love and music truly are. Set in New York City, he and his crush roam the streets connecting over their passion for Mobb Deep, Kendrick Lamar, Pac, Biggie, Eminem and J. Cole. Yahoo! claims “Chris is proof that there’s hope for hip-hop’s next generation.” Today, Miles is thrilled to be partnering with SnapChat for the official release of “Conversations.” Fans can head over to the discovery section of SnapChat and find his brand new music video under the Warner Chappell circle. To view the music video now head on over to Yahoo!.
“Conversations” is a nostalgic window into the innocence of first love and the power that music has in permeating life’s pivotal moments. Directed by Jay Brown, the central theme of “Conversations” is duality and how it can shape our thoughts and feelings of others. The video juxtaposes the cruel New York winter, with the warmth that Miles has for the girl who challenges him musically. They both love hip-hop, but champion different artists and albums. As Miles raps, “You thought Yeezus was trash but we debated that,” him and his date spend the day together bonding over their musical tastes and her support of his music career. Whether it’s in the record store or the park, the respect and admiration Miles has for his companion is heartfelt.With “Conversations,” what separates Miles from his peers is not only the fact that he is almost half their age but that he’s not afraid to show his inherent sincerity. While Miles can spit hardened bars over

Statik Selektah beats or dazzle with his knack for lyrical acrobatics, in his new video he doesn’t need to. “Conversations” is about emotions and the complexity of music, love, and challenging people you care for. “Conversations” is from his recently released free EP, Birth of Cool

For the past five years, Miles has been studying rap and honing his skills amid family issues, bullying, and hate from doubters who can’t see past his age. On Birth of Cool, the hard work and determination is evident as Miles easily rides beats from hitmakers such as Jake One on “Time.” What ties the entire project together is Chris’ resolve to make every song relatable to his audience, whether they be high school classmates or 30+ year olds who came of age during rap’s golden era. In the last year, Miles has grown from a young lyricist to seasoned songwriter. Not only are his bars sharper, but he’s added a keen sense for melody to his arsenal. As TheSmokingSection states Miles, “displays the type of promise that makes it easy for him to stand out from the rest of the pack.” The Birth of Cool is only the beginning for one of the East Coast’s most promising young voices.

Check out the YouTube video HERE or down below!

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