SMITHRADIO | FEB 2017 AOM Winner!

Scott Patterson | SMITHRADIO February 2017 By Candice Anne Marshall If any of the Starlight Music Chronicles followers on Twitter were paying attention from January 15th to 22nd, they would have noticed a flurry of activity. This was the seven-day period that will go down in our history books as the Artist of the Month fan voted competition that broke some serious records in terms of ‘fan votes’. It was the first time ever that a band (fan nominated) would achieve the highest ever votes for the social media poll posted.  In fact, SMITHRADIO fans were relentless in their pursuit of  making music history by elevating their favorite Musician, Scott Patterson and his band, to this level of   success by crushing the previous record for number of votes held by The Roxy Suicide in December 2015. Recently. I connected with Scott to talk about the February 2017 Artist of the Month win, his fans (who have now labelled themselves the SMITHRADIO Army), and what that means for the upcoming Artist of the Year competition in June 2017. Here’s what he had to say: – INTERVIEW – SMC – So tell me, what are your thoughts on winning SMC’s February 2017 Artist of the Month (AOM) competition? SP – Well, it’s a terrific honor to get this kind of validation so early in the game. I didn’t expect to get a nomination, was surprised when we got it and was even more surprised we won. Kinda pinching myself on this one, […]

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Wall Of Orange | Series No.1

by CA Marshall Texas based Alternative Rock, Neo-Psychedelia band Wall Of Orange can best be described in one word and one word only: EUPHORIA. About a month ago, my dear friend (and dedicated music guru) David Somerville sent me a song by the band titled ‘Sweetest Blue’ (see video below). I have known David long enough to know that his taste in music and library is exceptional: it would be safe to say that Wall Of Orange’s self-titled debut album is also on this list which would most likely include the likes of Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Johnny Marr, New Order, Gary Numan, and many many more. To have Wall Of Orange included would mean only one thing: they must be exceptional! So, I followed up and had a listen. Moments later, I was on the band’s Facebook page trying to find a connection as soon as possible. They just had to be on our Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight immediately. I connected to frontman of the band Gary Parks within 10 minutes. Bingo! I have listened to the band’s album in it’s entirety over the course of this time, several times, at least 4-6 times per week and there’s one thing I can honestly say: this is music that will never get old as it is most definitely not a one-hit-wonder, this is music that will be played for generations to come. I mean it! Look, when I say the word euphoria, I am not talking about a psychedelic experience, […]

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Dan Davidson Series No.3 The ‘Barn Burner’

By CA Marshall There is no doubt in my mind that Canadian born Singer/Songwriter Dan Davidson is going to go for the gold with his Country music career. In fact, this is his Starlight Music Chronicles ‘Spotlight’ Series No. 3 (see No. 1 by Randy Wayne Belt of Barley Station, and No. 3) and we see no end in sight as we follow his road to success. Since June 2015, when his debut single (as a solo Country Artist) ‘Unkiss Her’ launched until this moment, Davidson has impressed us with every single he’s released and his fan base grew exponentially when he launched ‘Found’ earlier this year. In fact, many people I played the song for instantly recognized the highly contagious song asking me ‘Who sings that?!’ to which I happily reply, ‘Why it’s Dan Davidson, of course’. Of course! With the release of his latest song ‘Barn Burner’ on October 25th, and the video launch today, there’s no doubt in our mind that the name ‘Dan Davidson’ will be on the lips of every Country music lover internationally. This is a song that is just as highly contagious as ‘Found’. Co-written with The Road Hammers’ Clayton Bellamy, the lyrics talk about the great ‘Small Town’ hoedown – a group of friends looking for a good time and that’s just where the song takes you. The beat is pure Canadian Country at it’s best: catchy, quick, and fun. Davidson’s vocals have always been iconic: there’s no mistaking them as soon […]

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Palaye Royale Series No. 4 | Boom Boom Room

By CA Marshall Photography: Chris Belsito | Vibrant Lifescapes LA Fashion week Video & Photos by Stephanie Rachel “Yesterday Palaye Royale finished just a little bit over a 12-month cycle of living on the road. We have played 225 shows, played a show in every state (besides the Dakotas, Hawaii, & Alaska), drove close to 100,000 miles, blew 2 transmissions, hugged at least 15,000 fans, made some friends and lost some friends. A year of experiences lead to stories that will forever be imbedded into my mind, heart and soul. I am grateful for the Palaye Royale team and family of the Soldiers of the Royal Council – without everyone’s love and respect for us we could not sustain a career of playing music everyday in a new city. Safe to say I am proud and happy, so thank you for being apart of year one. Now currently driving back to Los Angeles from Detroit – will take a week to collect my sanity or completely lose it then, back into the studio to make album two, Boom Room: Side B. Early 2017 Palaye Royale joins Andy Black and William Control on a North American tour to continue another year of caravanning.” The above quote was written by Sebastian Danzig, Guitarist of the Los Angeles based Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale on November 16, 2016. Indeed, it goes without saying that true fans of Palaye Royale would know this band has been insanely busy since launching their album ‘Boom […]

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Little Crow

by CA Marshall Photos Courtesy: Little Crow Being that this is a feature article/interview featuring a brand new indie band on our Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) Spotlight, it was important to ensure that this would be a band that could come in with a bang and leave a lasting impression. That band is Vancouver based ‘Little Crow’, an Alternative Rock duo comprised of Lead vocalist Emily Seal and her partner Kas Baker. I recently had the opportunity of hearing their song ‘Devil In Disguise’ which launched October 6th 2016 to iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and YouTube and I knew immediately we needed to ‘Spotlight’ this dynamic team. The song is an anguish-y love ballad drenched with Seal’s soft, lilting vocals combined with supporting instrumentation that lends power and depth. This is a band whose initial impact in the music community will (and has already) resurrect a personal connection to it’s listeners through it’s haunting and romantic vibe. This is a team whose presentation from first conception earlier this year to final presentation evokes every emotion possible and I believe, is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Here is our exclusive interview with the band: Interview ‘Little Crow’ – October 10th, 2016 SMC – Hello Little Crow! Welcome to the Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) Spotlight. We are very excited to be hosting you on our Spotlight! Can you please let us know a little bit about your background and how ‘Little Crow’ came to be? KB […]

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Nathan Pendlebury

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy: Nathan Pendlebury As a seasoned Music Journalist, doing one’s background research is vital to not only encompass an Artists music but also their social media and marketing campaigns in my reviews/interviews. Recently, in reviewing (Starlight Music Chronicles fave) British Recording Artist Jake Bugg’s newest album ‘On My One’, I felt it necessary to also do some background research behind the brilliant imagery on the album artwork. This is where I discovered fellow Brit Nathan Pendlebury’s treasure cove of dynamic abstract art with an impressive timeline of attendances at art exhibitions and career achievements throughout the United Kingdom dating back to 1992. Giant bursts of complimentary brilliant colors and pleasant shapes complete this Artist’s immaculate website and resonate with my own inner Artist and desire to create. I felt inspired and compelled to find him and was overjoyed when I was able to locate and connect with Nathan on Facebook who (to my delight) was rather receptive to an interview for our Spotlight. As Editor of the website and magazine, I felt it was important to introduce someone entirely unique and dynamic as another component to the SMC website’s fine Artist sector, and Nathan Pendlebury is just that individual. Here is my recent interview with Nathan where we discussed his tenure as one of Britain’s most unique Artists, being contracted out by Jake Bugg, his muse, and his favorite project to date:     -Interview- September 27th, 2016 Artist: Nathan Pendlebury SMC – Hello Nathan! Welcome […]

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Andrea Nixon Series No.1

By CA Marshall Spotlight Interview | Andrea Nixon August 25th 2016 ‘Diary Of A Housewife’ Photography by: Candice Anne Graphics & Photography *Note: Full photo spread will appear when the Artists’ album is released in November 2016   SMC – Hello Andrea! We feel blessed to have been a part of your musical journey with your upcoming Album, ‘Diary Of A Housewife’. Can you first familiarize our readers with you: tell us a little about your background in music, where you’re from, and how your upcoming album relates to all of this…. Andrea – Hi Candice. So glad to have you on the team! I began singing as a child as a way to connect my love of words to my love of music. Even as a young girl, I had a heart for country music, singing songs like “ The Greatest Man I Never Knew” by Reba McEntire as a ten year old and loving the depth of it and the insight it offered into the human experience. I also began to write poems at age 8 and continued to do so into my adult years. Nine years ago, after the birth of my daughter I began singing in public with my husband encouragement. Singing for a living was a dream I tucked away at the tender age of 11, after my father’s passing. He was my biggest cheerleader and doing it without it seemed impossible. While dabbling in live performance at the Second Cup open stage, I began […]

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Luke Potter Series No. 1

Interview by CA Marshall Artist: Luke Potter  SMC – Luke it’s always an honor to do an interview with you! How have things been? Catch us up to speed… Luke – Well it’s been lots of writing and recording. There are so many songs ready to go and I’m pretty psyched about them. I did get a holiday in Tenerife too, which was amazing! SMC – Let’s get right into it: your new single ‘All The Same‘ sounds like something new for you. It has a really upbeat hip hop sound – what were your influences when you wrote it? Luke – I wrote it with Marcus and Hjalmar, my great friends from Stockholm who I’d already worked with on ‘Storms’ and ‘Ready Or Not’. We composed and produced ‘All The Same’ in my little home studio in Weston-Super-Mare. It originally started off as just as a groove influenced a bit by Twenty One Pilots. We all thought it was awesome and started crafting the melody and the lyrics. I think the song is about living your life and breaking out of the everyday rules that society gives you. It’s a bit tongue in cheek too and, I hope it’ll make people smile and want to dance as there’s so much serious stuff going on in the world at the moment. We went on to write and record 3 songs during their visit and my next single, ‘Something More’ which will be out early September, is one of them. Oh […]

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Olivia Penalva Series No.1

OFFICIAL Starlight Music Chronicles 2016 TEEN Artist of the Year: Olivia Penalva CA Marshall When the lilting and effervescent voice of British Columbia, Canadian, Olivia Penalva first reached my ears was win the fall of 2015 when Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) sponsored a ReverbNation competition with Bongo Boy TV. I was one of the judges and out of thousands of entries, Olivia’s stood out at the top of my ‘YES’ list. Everything she presented in her submission for her single ‘Ferris Wheel’ was light, fun, audibly and visually magic to the senses: She simply had to be one of the winners. She did win, and was aired on Bongo Boy TV across 33+ cable network stations across the USA. In November of last year, Olivia entered the SMC Artist of the Month competition and after losing to The Roxy Suicide, she decided to take another stab at the January 2016 Artist of the Month competition and won! Soon after, she began launching new singles off her new EP ‘Weightless’ which launched recently and which has been receiving RAVE reviews globally. The songs are an ethereal digest of empathy, romance, and life with a storytelling that only Olivia could be capable of carrying out: her vocals are an elixir of all that is beautiful in this world to the ears with a touch of magic behind it. Seriously. One only has to listen to her debut single ‘Outshine the Stars’ to hear the lovely in this young Artists make-up. Olivia Penalva […]

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(IAM)WARFACE Series No.1

OFFICIAL Starlight Music Chronicles 2016 Artists of the Year: (IAM)WARFACE By CA Marshall (IAM)WARFACE is a British Based band who has literally stormed the Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) scene in the last 12 months: first as our September 2015 Artist of the Month winners, and then once again winning the title as SMC’s 2016 Artist of the Year in the Adult category. What an amazing ride it has been also! Here, for the first time, we are launching their debut among many other prestigious industry peers on the Spotlight. Make no mistake, this is a band who has been truly making themselves known though their astounding visual presence (The classic ‘Warface’ make-up that lead vocalist, Matt Warneford wears for photo shoots and live shows), Exquisite vocals and instrumentation that is ‘Depeche Mode’ worthy with just a touch of Punk Rock finesse (They refer to their genre as Dirty, Avant-Garde Electro Rock), and a social media connection with their fans that is almost unheard of these days: they refuse to have anyone run their social media – fan connection is very important to them. This is where we originally connected, and it was their song and video ‘You Don’t Love Me’ which tipped the scales: they NEEDED to be in my Artist of the Month competition. I had a good feeling they would sin too! I was right, and in September 2015 they were crowned September 2015 Starlight Music Chronicles Official Artists of the Month. We collaborated on quite a few […]

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The Fontaines Series No.2

by CA Marshall Bing! I get this message the other day in my inbox and upon checking, I see that Hank Fontaine, one half of the dynamic ‘du-wop’ duo, The Fontaines, from Los Angeles, California, is inquiring about whether or not I have heard their new album yet. (of COURSE I have, they are The Fontaines!) ‘Do you think you will do a review?’ he asked. I smile to myself and respond, ‘Don’t worry dear, I was already on it!’ It would be amiss if I weren’t to follow up the epic ‘numbered series’ we have posted on several of our top Indie Artists over the last year and The Fontaines have certainly earned this spot simply, well, by being The Fontaines. Sounds like a pretty confident statement doesn’t it? But it isn’t just the hard work (back to back albums have been recorded!) this quartet band impresses upon us (Hank & Charlotte Fontaine – brother and sister, accompanied with Daniel Zuker on bass, and Chrystian Kaplan on drums), it is the fact that the sound on their new four song EP ‘ii’ (released June 24th, 2016) is demonstration of both epic vocal ability (Charlotte can certainly belt out those lovely gravelly-yet-delicate chords!), and instrumentation that is guaranteed to lighten the heart, brighten the mood, and put a soulful swing in your step all while bringing a serious ‘new’ sound to our ears. Based on the last interview I had with Hank (see here – The Fontaines Series No.1) where it was indicated that the ‘new […]

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Gianluca John Attanasio

By CA Marshall Exclusive Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight Interview – May 15th, 2016 SMC  – Hello Gianluca! Welcome to the Spotlight on Starlight Music Chronicles! We often showcase many high profile industry (Music, Film, and Fashion) profiles on this platform and look forward to adding you to this elite roster. How did you first hear about Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC)? GJA – It’s all because of my press office who informed me about Starlight Music Chronicles later I’ve read several sections of that and I’ve immediately fell in love with the magazine. SMC – So let’s first delve into a little bit of your history….tell us a little bit about how you came to be ‘Gianluca John Attanasio’ GJA – I’ve been playing acoustic piano since I was 8 and started writing my early songs at the age of 13; Later I attended -and often won- several musical contests in Italy and France. At the end I was lucky enough to sign my first contract with an Italian label. Subsequently I’ve collaborated with American people, writing music for dance, theatre and independent cinema. SMC – That SOUND! I have always been an avid listener of anything to do with the Doors and that languid, dark, unmistakable sound coming from Jim Morrison. How did you first discover this was a sound you could easily replicate? GJA – I consider The Doors an unrepeatable and incomparable band. If few of my songs have some similarities to theirs, it’s because I’ve always appreciated the […]

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Ari Herstand

By CA Marshall Editor | Starlight Music Chronicles Recent Interview previously posted on Indie Music Bus Q – Hello Ari! Thank you for taking the time for this interview for the Indie Music Bus and Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight platforms. Let’s start at the beginning with your music career. I had a glimpse into your ‘style’ and I have to say it is really unique with the combo of looping, trumpet, keyboard….you are very multi faceted. For first time readers finding out about you via this interview will want to know how you came about with your musical journey….. Ari – My very first shows around the University of Minnesota campus were with my dorm roommate at the time who was a cellist, my floor RA, who was a beat boxer and the girl down the hall who was a singer. This was my initial “band.” We performed a bunch of shows around town like this, but they moved away or moved on and when I performed solo I missed the bigger sound we created. I had seen looping done by someone at an open mic where he looped a 12 bar blues or something and soloed on top of it, so I knew the technology existed. I went to the music store one day and asked if they had something like that. They showed me the Boss RC 20XL loop station (this was 2005). I locked myself in my room for a month and learned it. I remember my […]

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Meghan Patrick

By CA Marshall I am not quite sure where the ‘Meghan Patrick train’ came from but to say ‘out of nowhere’ would be a lie….this young Canadian Country Recording Artist, signed with Warner Music Canada (record label), has been on my radar since she rose to the challenge earlier this year with her version of the Children’s song by Televisions’ ‘Sharon, Lois, and Bram’ titled ‘Skinnamarink’.  I know, I know…..perhaps it should have been the very recent release of her album ‘Grace & Grit’ that would have caught my attention as a music Journalist, (and make no mistake, it did!) however, it was a little more personal of a connection being that Patrick is also friends with Country recording artist Dan Davidson (See our previous Spotlight features I & II on our Spotlight numbered series). Davidson has been a much admired industry peer who has not only made an impact in the Country music community as of late, but also with this brilliant young Artist who has made a significant enough impression even on the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) with an honorable consideration for Album of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the year (Meghan & Chad Kroeger), Video of the Year (Bow Chicka Wow Wow), and Video Director of the Year (Emma Higgins – Bow Chicka Wow Wow) for fall of 2016. Considering Patrick only signed with Warner in the summer of 2015, this is a huge accomplishment! All of this, among her Warner peers Aaron Goodvin, Brett Kissel, and […]

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Dan Davidson Series No.2

By CA Marshall It has been almost a year since our last Spotlight on Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Country Recording Artist Dan Davidson (See Series No.1 here) and in that time he has been making significant strides in the industry with the release of his recent single ‘Found’. Radio stations across the country have been clamoring to get a copy of the song to spin on their stations and it is not hard to figure out why: the song is completely addicting (see below & have a listen).  You hear it once and you need to hear it again. It has lead the Musician to the Calgary Stampede Stage performing live with industry peers Matt Blais Band, Jordan McIntosh, Matt Masters, Aaron Pollock, and George Canyon. However, this is definitely not this very well rounded and talented Musicians’ first ‘Rodeo’: he was asked to perform at Big Valley Jamboree last summer (2015) literally moments after his launch as a Solo Artist. In addition to his growing status on the Country Music scene, Davidson continues to work with his band  Tupelo Honey as well as Local Recording Artists such as Bryan Finlay, Lexi Strate, Rachel Woznow, Janay Thomas, and now ‘one to watch’, Kayla Patrick. We connected with Davidson earlier this month for an Exclusive Interview where we talked about his progress since July of last year and this is how it all went down: *Exclusive Interview* SMC – It’s been some time since we have had a one on one Dan! Last […]

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Palaye Royale Series No.3

By CA Marshall In terms of being one of THE most EPIC Indie Bands in the Music Industry who are consistently bringing their iconic presence and achievements to the foreground in bold strides, Canadian Born, Los Angeles Based Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale remain congruent by recently announcing many ‘long awaited’ surprises for their fans globally: On March 22nd, 2016, they announced a 38 date trek across the USA with Van’s Summer Warped Tour beginning June 24th where they will perform in front of 800,000+ fans. This announcement was made while already on a National tour: Light In The Cave/I See Stars). On June 11th, they will host a Warped Tour Takeover Day in social media, and have recently begun touring with High School Nation (HSN) with Drake Bell on March 28th performing at 25 schools for the spring for over 100,000 fans with full-on meet and greets, concerts, and Q & A full school assemblies that will wrap up April 29th. In addition to their day performances during the HSN tour, you can catch the band in the evenings at ALOFT hotels who will be hosting Live at Aloft acoustic performances. Most of the acoustic performances will be live streamed via YOUNOW. So, if you missed them on tour you can stream these acoustic performances by tuning in via any apple or android phone for the intimate view of the band before, during, and after the live acoustic show (click here to subscribe) The band will have over 150 […]

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Melany Rowe: Designer

By CA Marshall Photos Courtesy of Melany Rowe “I can make you a fancy coffee with all the beautiful toppings, but please don’t ask me to make you a regular coffee, I would have to get you to make it yourself,” smiled Melany Rowe, Quebec-born Fashion Designer known for her flair of the dramatic and self-proclaimed lover of “all things Glamorous”. In fact, at her Debut Show at Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) in Edmonton, Alberta, in the spring of 2013 (where I first met her), the Designer came into the industry with a bang. All of her designs are polished, pretty, and above all: Glamorous. Intricate, hand-sewn beading, chains (yes! Chains!), detailed floral techniques, and feathers, adorn her Bridal & Evening gowns (and accessories!) that would make even Coco Chanel blush. _____________________ Fast forward to the Spring 2016 WCFW runway show for the Designers’ Fall/Winter 2016/17 collection and you can see how Rowe has clearly been evolving as a designer: her collection was one of her most edgy and glamorous yet. Models graced the stage wearing floor length gowns in black, white, cream, and pale pastel covered with intricate beading, delicate ribbon, chain, and pearls, chiffon, brocade, and lace all strategically placed for that elegant-yet-edgy flair notorious to this designer. Models graced the floor to the sounds of her current inspiration, Recording Artists Palaye Royale’s single ‘Morning Light’ thus incorporating the Designers’ desire to combining Glamour and Rock Music with a little bit of edge. ‘The band really has […]

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The Fontaines Series No.1

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy of: Hank Fontaine This feature has been strategically a long time in the making. California based (referred to as ‘New-Wop’ band – but we shall get into that later….) ‘The Fontaines’ have been on the Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) radar since being introduced to their music genius in our December 2015 Artist of the Month competition and I felt that there was no better time than the present to showcase the Brother and Sister duo (Hank and Charlotte) than the present: Spring. Here’s why: The first song I ever listened to by the band that had me at hello was ‘Paul Newman’, which automatically had me envisioning a retro soda shop with couples doing the swing by the jukebox. It was fresh, hip, happening and extremely addictive: everything ‘Spring Fever’ represents. For a lover of fifties/sixties retro tunes this was right up my alley and to be completely honest, there are only two other bands that I have spent more than two consecutive days researching and they are Palaye Royale and New Mayans and here I found myself completely immersed in everything ‘The Fontaines’ for the two day minimum. After listening and observing, I had a sneaking hunch that I was just scratching the surface of ‘The Fontaines’ and it wasn’t until after my interview with Hank that I discovered that this band is on an even deeper level than I had first been impressed upon. Much to my excitement (and original instinct), I am […]

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NEW MAYANS: ‘CRIMES’ EP | Review

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy of NEW MAYANS Management by Victoria Sanders Photography I think I have found my new ‘Bowie’. Now hold on, hold on, HOLD ON! Before all you avid Bowie lovers get up in arms and think I am replacing our beloved ‘BlackStar’ please hear me out: I am and always will be a loyal Bowie fan. But truly, I have stumbled upon something *NEW* here and I feel confident in my initial statement…… Back in 2014, St. Louis, Missouri-born, Chicago based,  ‘Swiggy’ (aka: Joe ‘Swiggy’ Swigunski) began collaborating with several notable Industry Professionals who were ‘key’ throughout David Bowies career. They are: New York Grammy Award winning Music Producer Mario J Mcnulty, Earl Stick, and Sterling Campbell, featured in the recording of the new four song EP ‘Crimes‘ at The Magic Shop studio in SoHo where Bowie recorded his last album ‘Blackstar’. Mcnulty is not only known for his work with Bowie, but also is the mastermind behind Artists such as Prince, Julian Lennon, and Tony Visconti to name a few. In addition, Swiggy also collaborated with famous drummer Sterling Campbell, (who was also Bowies Drummer) who has worked with Duran Duran, B-52’s, Soul Asylum and Cyndi Lauper. The cherry on the cake was in the addition of Earl Slick (who also worked with Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith). All were included in the production of Swiggy’s newly released (today!) EP. Voila! In addition to support from the above notable ‘Bowie Camp’ professionals,  […]

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