The emerging indie rock band, May the Sky [MTS], is based in Dayton, OH. Their exclusive, “Won” from the new EP Discoveries is an anthemic masterpiece which is reminiscent of the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody and some of their mantras. Hard hitting melodies alongside of dramatic drums and rhythmic guitar riffs. Brilliant lyrics coupled with effortless vocals and orchestration make this alternative ensemble ooze marketability. It’s been a long time since we have tripped upon a gem like MTS. Both epic and spellbinding.
K. ROOSEVELT RELEASES SELF-TITLED EP ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS
“Roosevelt seamlessly captures the exhilaration of budding summer flings.” – FLAUNT MAGAZINE
WATCH VIDEO FOR “ADRENALINE” HERE: https://youtu.be/q37XKPgX7g8
WATCH VIDEO FOR “BLINDING MY VISION” HERE: https://youtu.be/RhV2b_MTveM
ABOUT K. ROOSEVELT:
Born Kevin Roosevelt Moore II and raised in Los Angeles, his evolution as an artist is best articulated by the advice of his father, renowned blues musician Keb’ Mo’, who told his son, “Follow your dharma.” As a child often on tour with his dad, K. Roosevelt frequently found himself in the mist of some of the world’s great musicians and singers.
His formal music education began in middle school and continued at Hamilton Performing Arts High School. He soon began a career as a freelance drummer, gigging for local artists as well as going on tours. After high school, K. Roosevelt attended the Los Angeles Musician’s Institute. His training and influences, and the practical skills he’d picked up from a lifetime around the music industry eventually led him to writing and producing full-time.
In the studio, K. Roosevelt has worked with Jhené Aiko, The Game, OverDoz, Dom Kennedy, Jay 305, Hit-Boy, Casey Veggies, SuperDuper Kyle, and Travis Scott, to name a few.
– Jaguar brand’s 50 years of XJ celebrations begin with bespoke Jaguar Classic commission for Iron Maiden drummer and life-long Jaguar enthusiast ‘Nicko’
– Nicko’s classic 1984 XJ6 Series 3 features a host of custom touches inspired by all five decades of Jaguar XJ production, and McBrain’s heavy metal heritage
– ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess
– Bespoke XJ unveiled at Geneva International Motor Show March 6 during the Jaguar Land Rover press conference
Today, at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar Classic is proud to present Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s custom-built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6, kicking-off the XJ model’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.
The bespoke commission is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry and Jaguar Design Studio Director Wayne Burgess. The project involved more than 3,500 man hours of work, with more than 4,000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned. Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, it incorporates substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension, resulting in Nicko’s dream XJ.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said, “Creating this ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ, and the whole process of bringing someone’s automotive dream to life, has been extraordinarily rewarding for the Jaguar Classic team. It’s been a pleasure to work with Nicko and we’re looking forward to hearing the reaction to this project.”
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, said, “This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly, named ‘Johnny 3’. It has been a true labor of love between Jaguar Classic and myself. I’m so excited by its completion and especially to be showing it at Geneva – it really is a Greatest Hits edition and to me it defines what the Jaguar XJ is all about. It’s a credit to the craftsmanship of the Jaguar Classic team. We couldn’t have timed it better, this being the 50th anniversary of XJ – my favorite of all Jaguar vehicles.”
Key features include:
· Unique front and rear bumpers – seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders with bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers
· Flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches accommodating bespoke 18-inch wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tires
· Unique sills and modified rear door pressings
· Uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers
· Unique Mauve paint finish
· Conversion to elegant Series 2 XJ door handles and bullet wing mirrors
· Conversion to LED headlights with ‘Halo’ daytime running light signature
· Conversion to recessed twin fuel fillers
· Modern door sealing for reduced wind noise, and additional sound deadening
· Integrated touch screen operating satnav, phone, rear view camera and in-car entertainment
· Re-trimmed interior with modified seat foams improving refinement
· Bespoke audio system with USB connectivity, featuring guitar amplifier-inspired control knobs machined from aluminum
· In-dash starter button
· Uprated air-conditioning
· Remote central locking
Inside, classic Jaguar style meets modern day convenience. The leather seats are hand trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, while a black hand-crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finishes off the trim. The dashboard features Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers – the preferred material for Nicko’s favorite snare drums.
Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminum rotary controls on the dashboard – inspired by the control knobs of the guitar amplifiers created by Nicko’s great friend Jim Marshall, and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black. The custom three-spoke sports steering wheel features Nicko’s unique mascot – the ‘Eddie Growler’, first seen on his specially commissioned 2013 Jaguar XKR-S.
Bespoke soft down lighting illuminates the revised dashboard, in which a state-of-the-art Alpine touch screen controls the 1100W sound system, powering speakers from Nicko’s preferred Jaguar audio installation, the 2012MY Jaguar XF.
Incorporating a number of reconditioned parts from McBrain’s original XJ6, the 4.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine features three 2-inch SU carburettors from the E-type – Nicko’s favorite set up. Machined quad-exhaust tail pipes finish-off a specially-designed exhaust system.
Preserved components from Nicko’s first XJ6, which spent many years on the grounds of the home of Iron Maiden bass guitarist Steve Harrisfollowing Nicko’s move to America, are present elsewhere in the build too: from the iconic Jaguar leaper hood mascot, which first attracted Nicko to buy the car, to the original ignition keys from 1984.
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Jaguar is a premier manufacturer of luxury sedans, sports cars and SUVs offering unparalleled design with tremendous performance. The company’s vision throughout its storied 80 year history has been simple: To produce beautiful, fast cars that are desired the world over. Jaguar strives to provide a world class ownership experience to every owner. Today’s Jaguar lineup consists of the Jaguar XE and XF sports sedans, the XJ full-size luxury sedan, the two-seat F-TYPE sports car and a line of performance SUVs, the E-PACE and F-PACE. Jaguar designs, engineers and manufactures exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull manufacturing plants in the British Midlands. Jaguar is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Jaguar website at www.jaguarusa.com.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
We employ more than 43,000 people globally and support around 240,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria and Slovakia.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 vehicles in 130 countries, with more than 80 per cent of our vehicles being sold abroad.
Our innovation is continuous: we will spend more than £4 billion in the coming year on new product creation and capital expenditure.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.
About Jaguar Land Rover Classic
Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide.
Our rapidly growing team of highly-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry specializes in outstanding Reborn restorations for both brands, and building exclusive New Original
continuation cars, such as the Jaguar Lightweight E-type and XKSS.
The Show Must Go On (courtesy of Red Bull)
Dave Grohl could be the world’s most zealous rock star. He never gives up, even after breaking his leg on stage. The Foo Fighter explains how he keeps the passion for his life’s work burning bright.
In 1986, 17-year-old Dave Grohl quit school to tour Europe with punk band Scream. Since then, he has rarely been off the stage, first as the drummer of grunge icons Nirvana and since 1994 as frontman of his own band, Foo Fighters. Over the last 30 years, Grohl has sold more than 50 million albums and played thousands of shows. And don’t expect that pace to slow anytime soon. He talked to The Red Bulletin about what a 48-year-old father of three is doing still obsessing over music like a teenager.
The Red Bulletin [TRB]: You broke a leg during a concert in Gothenburg in the summer of 2015 …
Dave Grohl [DG]: I was so euphoric I lost my balance on the edge of the stage and fell into the photographers’ pit. It’s a miracle I survived the fall, actually. I could have just as easily broken my neck.
TRB: And yet after a short break you got on with the concert, sitting down with your leg in a cast. Why didn’t you just call it off?
DG: Because I can’t.
TRB: What do you mean?
DG: It’s down to my punk-rock past. In the old days, musicians were constantly breaking their nose on stage, getting electric shocks or falling flat on their face when they stage-dived. No one would have dreamed of canceling a gig because of it. You just rocked on! I internalized that philosophy—you just grit your teeth and get on with it.
TRB: OK … but doing a whole European tour with a broken leg?
DG: It soon became clear after the accident that I wasn’t going to be able to stand at the mic or sit in a wheelchair with a guitar for two hours. So a technician and I designed a throne that was also a guitar stand and a smoke machine. It meant I was able to do the remaining 50 concerts of the tour. Later, Axl Rose had a similar accident, and he asked me if he could borrow the throne for some Guns N’ Roses shows.
TRB: Have you patented the throne?
DG: People really did ask me if I wanted to do that, but it would be absurd for someone who had broken their leg to have to ask my permission in order to continue their tour.
That kind of attitude will never make a good businessman of you. Hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z or P Diddy would monetize it …
Like everything they touch, because that’s their main motivation. And that’s OK because they come from a world where it’s about survival. And you only survive if you earn money. The more the better.
TRB: What’s wrong with having some healthy business acumen?
DG: Nothing, but it’s never been my approach. I may not come from a rich family but I’ve never had to worry about survival. In that sense, fun has always been the priority for me, along with things that help me move forward as a person and as a musician. I don’t need even more money, cars and gold chains—they don’t make you happy. And I’d rather be happy than stinking rich. OK, I might be rich, but I don’t stink.
TRB: You wanted to reward yourself with a longer break after the tour. How come you’re now releasing a new album much earlier than planned?
DG: At first I was really enjoying the time off, but then my daughters said, “Dad, why are you hanging around the house the whole time?” They didn’t like the idea of me always wanting to do stuff with them. So I started writing new songs. In six months I had enough material, and I didn’t want to hang around for ages, so I rounded up the band. Most of the guys were still on vacation. They were pretty surprised.
TRB: So even after 30 years in the music business, you still can’t just switch off for long?
DG: I think that’s why I’ve made it as far as I have: because I’m crazy about music— in a good way. After all this time, I still can’t get enough of it. If I just sat around at home pursuing odd hobbies, Foo Fighters wouldn’t be on album number nine, and we certainly wouldn’t be playing such big venues. You only get out of life what you’ve invested in it.
TRB: Where would you draw the line between having a positive obsession with music and being a workaholic?
DG: Before my music career, I did all sorts of crap jobs. It was music that gave me prospects and made a better life possible. Music is the love of my life; if I’m not doing something with music for a couple of days, I immediately get a negative conscience. In my first few months off, I was flirting with the idea of directing a film. But it felt weird right from the get- go, because I couldn’t be as enthusiastic about any film project as I am about Foo Fighters. It felt so much more like work, and that’s never been the case with music. I never have to look for inspiration with music—it’s just there.
TRB: How do you maintain that passion for work? Do you have any tips?
DG: The key is to do something fulfilling, for which you get respect. If you don’t find that in your day job, you need to look for another outlet. That could be theater, dance, sport, some nerdy hobby, whatever. Do what’s fun, and enjoy life—that’s all I’m doing. I play music with my friends and that gives me the energy to drive the kids to school, go grocery shopping and pick up the dog crap in my garden.
TRB: Your 8-year-old daughter, Harper, went on stage with you recently as your drummer. Would you say she’s following in your footsteps?
DG: Harper did great, didn’t she? Especially as she’d only been playing for two weeks by that point. She said to me, “Dad, can you give me drumming lessons?” I put on an AC/DC record and showed her a simple rock rhythm. She had to struggle through that before I taught her “We Will Rock You” by Queen, and she got that. When she came to see me at the Foo Fighters concert in Iceland, I asked her if we should do it on stage and she said yes straight away. It was magnificent!
TRB: Can we expect to see a family band soon—The Grohls?
DG: I hope my three daughters will play together someday. But for now they’re more into arguing with each other—and it’s constant.
TRB: Would you like a son?
DG: I’m not sure about that. The thing is, would he be like me? That could be quite a nightmare—a rebellious, uncontrollable child? No thanks.
Foo Fighter’s new album, “Concrete and Gold” is out now; foofighters.com
*For additional information regarding this Q&A visit The Red Bulletin.
Jack Massic presents
“Let’s Go Away” feat. Julia Ross
This new song brings us Tropical House with touches of Dancehall. Stream it on Soundcloud
After the success of his previous single and video “Always,” Jack Massic returns this fall to give us another taste of his tropically infused house. The song was written by Massic and Milena Berns, who partnered up with the talented vocalist Julia Ross. The track has some Dancehall spice into the mix and the result is a refreshing sound that fits happily into the genre of Pop as much as it does with EDM.
“Let’s Go Away” is not, as you might at first think, a song about traveling. It is a reflection of oneself, of leaving the past behind and looking forward; to be brave and march on bright hopes, keeping your head held high.
On vocal duties for the track is Julia Ross, who aside from being a solo artist herself (her first EP is out now, called True Stories Vol. 1), she has been on the road with Miley Cyrus for the last 7 years, as her back up singer.
“The sound of “Let’s Go Away” is the fusion of two worlds for me. It reflects how my past and my roots interlace with my current production style.” shares Jack Massic
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About Jack Massic
Miami based Latin Grammy Nominee, Musician, Producer, and Songwriter Jack Massic, began to claim his spot in the electronic music scene in 2016, with the release of his first single GRAVITY. Massic is now well known in the summer music playlists thanks to the success of his single (and video for the song) ALWAYS, that was featured on VEVO, MTV and many other outlets.
Singles like HOLD ME TIGHT, UNCOVER, and ALWAYS will be included in his debut album, to be released in late 2017. The album will offer a blend of Tropical and Deep House elements, with Pop melodies mixed in. For this project, Massic has co-written all the songs, partnering up with many talented songwriters from Miami and Los Angeles.
Prior to entering the electronic music world, Jack Massic was involved in the music industry for more than twelve years as a musician, songwriter and producer, under the name Santiago Hernández. His most recent role was as the drummer and vocalist for the Colombian band Sin Ánimo de Lucro. Among the many accomplishments achieved by this group, were a Latin Grammy Nomination, two certified Gold albums, three #1 hits on the radio charts and a tour with over five hundred shows in seven countries.
He graduated with honors with a “Master in Music and Musical Arrangements”, additionally receiving an honorable mention for his thesis named “The Evolution of Jazz and its Application to Colombian Music.”
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