One of the great things about music is the way it can unite people from all over the world. It has often been said to be a universal language. At Headliner, we support indie artists of all kinds, from all over the world. In the past few months, we’ve come to know and dig Sham MCs, a Syrian rap group who gets the DIY indie grind, the importance of fan engagement and promotes positivity and consciousness among diverse people through their unique mix of Middle Eastern sounds and Hip Hop. They are walking their talk; in their own words: “Headliner fm taught me, Don’t live to survive, live to be worldwide.”
The Sham MCs would be taking the Syrian hip-hop scene by storm — if they weren’t creating the genre as they go.
The group is all about crossing barriers — rapping in both English and Arabic and mixing hip-hop with the sounds of traditional Arabic music, while avoiding the lyrical clichés of both genres.
The nine-member crew is a mix of Syrian Christians, Muslims and followers of new age spirituality. They’re taking advantage of more accessible recording technology, and the social media tools that have fueled uprisings in other Middle Eastern countries, to spread their music to a Syrian audience they say is hungry for hip-hop.
MC Mic Son, who learned English from an online Ebonics course, took us into the studio during a recording session for the Sham MC’s second album.
Interview with Sham MCS on Al Arabya TV pt 2
As the name implies, The Outliers is a bit different type of band. The band formed out of the respect for traditional American music but a love for genres spanning from reggae to Delta blues and a belief that music can change, become new and still evoke the deep ancient tones within.
Hank Bowman is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. As the frontman and lead singer for The Outliers, Hank brought his original music to the stages throughout the southeast. Now, with the release of his first solo project, “Lonely”, The Outliers will be touring listening rooms across the area to bring his unique stylings to his loyal fans and new ones alike.
Stan Brown is undoubtedly one of the best to ever pick the five string banjo. After years in Nashville playing with the likes of Grand Ol Opry stars Wilma Lee Cooper and Bill Monroe, Stan returned to his home state of North Carolina to become a first call banjo picker. He is widely regarded for his unique backup licks that give life to any song.
Joining Bowman is Julie Brown on bass. Julie has a sense of tone and timing that is highly sought after. After a solid run with the nationally touring Sweet Potato Pie, Julie holds down the rock solid upright bass duties with style and grace, knowing that what you don’t play is as important as what you do play. She is an enlightened bass player.
Spencer Mobley on mandolin adds to the signature sound of The Outliers through the style, timing and tone that he delivers. Spencer is known for his crowd pleasing romps through a melody that brings you to edge of your seat.
Together, The Outliers are pushing limits, reaching back in time, and creating an unexpected acoustic experience each time they take the stage.
The Hank Bowman Band – Tornado Benefit – pt 1
Growing up in Riga, Latvia (formally the USSR) and now residing in Long Beach California for the past twelve years, Maxim Senin learned early on the value of learning to play and perform music. With both parents playing the piano it was their desire to give him a solid musical education, and for him to understand and appreciate music; learning with classical music training. When he was in the first grade, his parents got him a violin, but he quickly lost interest. They attempted to teach Maxim the piano. The problem was that the family was poor and could not afford a piano for him to practice on. While in the fourth grade, his parents bought him a clarinet which he learned how to play classical and jazz relatively well. At this point, Maxim’s interest in music subsided. It wasn’t until college when many of his friends played music and were in bands that his interest in music was once again peaked. Since then he has not looked back and continues to write and perform music.
A software engineer by trade, and also a private pilot, Maxim Senin’s love for music is now a large part of his life and is deeply engraved in his daily thoughts and actions. His preference in music is laid-back rock and a touch of folk with an emphasis on his lyrical composition. Choosing love and love triangles as themes for his music and songs, betrayal and unanswered love looms over and is easily detected in his sound. Aside from love tragically gone wrong, Maxim has a great appreciation for songs that are reflective, with a twist and plot in the story line, and that have hope and humor in them. His music comes both from what he observes around him and emotions within that is vented through his lyrics and musical composition.
Citing influences such as Mark Knopfler, J.J. Cale, and Eric Clapton, Maxim finds himself inspired by the likes of Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Sting, and Roxette while also enjoying the music of other icon artists like Coldplay, Duran Duran, U2, The Who, Grateful dead, and Oasis. Although at this stage in his music career, Maxim has not really played any high profile arena type performances mainly because that’s not really his thing. “I’m not a big fan of large crowds”, states Maxim, I also think that my music, at least at the moment, is to be heard by people on their couches or in their cars, not 10,000-seat stadiums. Although, if I had one dream I’d like to fulfill, I wouldn’t mind playing a duet with Clapton or Sting”.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Maxim played every instrument on his debut EP release “The Taming of the Wolf” including the acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, harmonica, keyboard, and all percussions. Maxim has great aspirations for the success of the new release. When asked if he could retain his artistic integrity with increased commercial success he replied with no hesitation, “I think yes. I’m open-minded about learning from other artists and listening to friends’ advice, but at the same time I think I am on the way of developing my own unique style. That doesn’t mean, however, that this style won’t evolve over time”.
With his debut EP release The “Taming of the Wolf”, Maxim Senin has only just begun. He has plans to promote the record vigorously and hopes to release a full length album by the end of 2012. The Taming of the Wolf is available for sale at CD Baby and by digital download on iTunes along with many other online distribution outlets. For more information on this innovative emerging artist you can listen to his music, and download songs at http://www.facebook.com/MaximSenin.Music.
The Cure – Love Song – Cover by Maxim
Charlotte – Clare is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with one of the recording industries finest and most successful musicians and producers Mr Louie Shelton. Over the past several decades you would have heard Louie Shelton’s signature guitar riffs and solos on more hit records than any other session guitarist in history. While there are too many to mention, some of his classics include, Boz Scaggs’ “Low Down”, Lionel Richie’s “Hello”, Neil Diamond’s “Play Me”, The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and “I’ll Be There, The Monkees’ “Last Train To Clarksville” and “Valerie”. Some of the other artists Louie recorded with include John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rodgers, The Mamas & Papas, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.
Charlotte Clare – Will Love Be Gone Long – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
STEEL SOUL is a Home Grown hard-rock band whose musical influences come from such rock legends as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Jeff Beck, Rush & Led Zep……!!!
The band comes from Fort Lauderdale Florida, and was created by Tone D Farkas (guitars), Brian Fitzgerald (percussion, keyboards) and The fantastic (Your Name Here) (bass)Our newest member.
STEEL SOUL started touring the local clubs with repeats of classics of Rock’n’Roll. Concerts were starting to attract more people and the first fans made their appearance.
In 2008, for their first participation at Tobacco Road, the famous club in Miami Beach, Florida. STEEL SOUL opening act with a superb show in front of a crowd of about 165.
The band began to feel more confident on stage and the writing and compositions move to a higher level. The work led to the recording of the second album “Escape From Dominance” in 2012 which contains 10 tracks. This quality production is due to the talent of drummer Brian Fitzgerald, and the guitar player Tone D. Farkas. This album sounds much more professional than the first one.
“Escape From Dominance” will allowed STEEL SOUL the distribution of the two albums.
During the first part of 2012, STEEL SOUL have experienced many new opportunities and have increased their fan base to the tune of over 10,000.
Today, the band always hopes finding a biggest deal with a major and is preparing the recording of a third album in 2010 (surely the best one!!) and a new series of gigs across the USA with their new bassist (Your Name Here), who has been a major influence in the new songs written by the new STEEL SOUL.
So prepare yourself to a big dose of rock n’ roll, and amazing live performance guaranteed!!
SteelSoul Alien Hunter
I,Darius Jackson was born in Springfield, IL in on Sept. 5th, 1989. Spent most of my life unsure of what my life would bring, I was on the verge of dropping out of high school, but finished up and earned my High school diploma. Afterwards I got a little college education but it seemed i was coming to a dead end as far as finances go. So i joined the service for an initial 8 years, i served a year of that contract and changed over to active duty for a 3 years instead of 8, which leaves me today with a year and half left.
On the other side of things while all that went on, Ive always had a creative side for music. i didn’t start out like most rappers with a broad knowledge of history’s greatest musicians. I just wanted to sound like anything people liked. I always tried to imitate what i heard because i thought that was the answer but later in life found out that the way i was going about it was all wrong. i wasn’t really hungry for the whole fame thing at first because of what the chances of making it were and currently are. But in my 22 years of living i have learned many things. I spent a year in Iraq making music during mortar and rocket attacks. During that time i spent a lot of time researching what music, harmony, and what effect it had on humans was. I learned from a great friend of mines that “Do your music in own way, people will eventually come.” pretty much what i got from that is that if you truly have talent you put out music that is from what u have inside not what out there and what everyone has engraved in there mind right now.
I have come to a conclusion that I am going to try put forth effort and commit to the music bizness. I produce my own music and in my next bio i will be more thorough about everything.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Destroy She Said’s music is a potent blend of vicious guitar riffs mixed with tales of fast living. It’s the soundtrack to Melbourne’s underbelly; stripped back, hard edged, no bullshit rock n roll.
Their second EP, Music For Muscle Cars, was recorded at Hothouse Audio in St Kilda and mastered by Jack the Bear at Deluxe. It contains four of the toughest and most honest rock songs you are likely to hear all year.
All DSS music is available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
Destroy She Said are: Youngy – guitar | Scampers – bass | Dave Walker – guitar | Greg Aldridge – drums | Simon McCullough – vocals.