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Rod Rodrigues unveils new track “La Première Expérience”

Rod Rodrigues unveils new track “La Première Expérience”

As the year of 2020 drew to a close, guitar extraordinaire Rod Rodrigues released another blistering track, the expansive “La Première Expérience”. The song will be part of Rod’s new full length album, entitled “Tales of a Changing Life”, to be released on the second half of 2021.

“La Première Expérience” is the culmination of Rod Rodrigues’ evolution as an artist, and its seeds date back to 2012, when he did his first international trip. Leaving his homeland of Brazil to visit France inspired him and gave Rod a first taste of what it was like to live in a different environment. The guitarist, now based in Toronto, borrowed elements of French music and jazz to compose this spacious and evocative track. The homage to Paris can also be seen on the cover of this single, and also on its music video.

Rod’s focus from now on will be on the Progressive Melodic style, where he is not worried about playing a million notes per second, but where melody is the main point. That idea is prominently showcased on “La Première Expérience”, where he wears the influence of other guitar heroes such as Steve Vai and Andy Timmons on his sleeve, but drives his creative efforts onto new and unexplored avenues. For Rod, the importance does not lie on a barrage of notes, but on the feelings that his guitar playing evokes.

Accompanying Rod Rodrigues on “La Première Expérience” are Rodrigo Abelha on drums, Bruno Ladislau on bass and Milo Andreo on keyboards and piano. The guitars were recorded at Bianzeno Studio in Toronto, Canada, and the track was edited by Diego Pereira at Diehouse Studio – Brazil. Mixing was done by Renato Osório in Brazil, and mastering by Tony Lindgreen (James LaBrie, Marty Friedman, Opeth) at Fascination Street Studio, Sweden.

“La Première Expérience” will be released on December 15 2020, and the cover art for the single was done by Gus Avancini. A music video, produced by Toronto 360, and all the links to buy this song will be made available on Rod Rodrigues’ social media accounts and on his website, as shown below:

La Première Expérience (Official Music Video):

Website: http://www.rodrodrigues.ne

YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/c/rodrodrigues

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New Music Video From Major Moment Titled ‘The Flood’

New Music Video From Major Moment Titled ‘The Flood’

The story behind ‘The Flood’…

Being independent artists for us means being fully involved and invested in all aspects of creating a unified vision behind what we stand for as a band. It sure is overwhelming at times and comes with some challenges, but it also allows us to expand our creativity to formats beyond just audio, whether it’s album art, designing merch or directing music videos. That’s exactly what happened with “The Flood” and the music video for it. We started planning it back in January of 2020 (the final version of the song was still months away, we were working with a pre-production demo), when we first pitched our idea to Tyler Ayers of Reverly Studios, the director of our music video. We thought it was next to impossible to make our vision a reality, with all the technical aspects of it, but Tyler simply called our idea “genius” and said we had to do it.
It then took us over 6 months of planning and 4 more months of editing and post-production to get it to where we are today.

From flooding the room with 6000 gallons of water dyed pitch black, to real black caviar, to 16 crew members that all helped to make our original artistic vision come true, it’s been a wild ride, and Major Moment’s most ambitious project to date. We seriously couldn’t wait any longer to share it with everyone, and are proud to present you “The Flood”, as we always wanted you to experience it…

Spotify: https://stream.majormomentband.com/spotify/majormoment

Apple Music: https://stream.majormomentband.com/applemusic/majormoment

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/majormoment

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/major.moment

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/majormoment

Twitter: https://twitter.com/majormomentband

Other Streaming:https://ffm.to/majormoment

TikTok: @majormoment

Official Website: https://www.majormomentband.com

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New Release: Keep Me Down – Breathe

New Release: Keep Me Down – Breathe

Blending influences such as Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd, Breathe marks a change in styles for Keep Me Down.

Mark Smith said –

The Breathe writing session started off on the piano which is pretty unusual for me. This took me in a different direction compared to when I write on the guitar. While I was writing it I actually thought it might not feature guitars at all but then I got out my new Schecter Nick Johnston signature model and the Gilmour style licks seemed to come pouring out.

Released on Saturday 1st of August, Breathe is available now on all of the major streaming services.

Listen now on Spotify

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New Single: Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

New Single: Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

Laura Mazon Franqui Delivers Retrospective & Melodic Classical Guitar Single ‘Un Dia de Noviembre’

Laura Mazon Franqui releases her newest soothing, emotional, and uplifting classical guitar single “Un Dia de Noviembre.” The Cuban native delivers a simple, yet message-heavy instrumental led by an emotion-drenched guitar progression. The release offers pure beauty that will mesmerize listeners from the press of play. With its high and low notes, the song will take listeners into an introspective musical journey. Through the difficult times the world is going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laura Mazon Franqui’s “Un Dia de Noviembre” will bring comfort from a musical perspective. The song is elegantly arranged to put listeners in a state of trance. The track covers Leo Brouwer’s soundtrack for Humberto Solas’ film “Un Dia de Noviembre.” The film is one of Cuba’s most renowned cinematic pieces which is directed by one of the biggest Cuban filmmakers. For Laura Mazon Franqui, “Un Dia de Noviembre” is a piece that brings nostalgic memories as well as delivers a message of life, meaning, and connection. Make sure to check out the release, and add “Un Dia de Noviembre” to your playlists.

Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

About Laura Mazon Franqui

Augustine Artist Laura Mazon is praised as “An accomplished guitarist of Hispanic Latino descent” (Digital Journal) and a performer who “plays the guitar with majesty and sensitivity to color and nuance” (Adam Levin), Born in Cuba, Laura Mazon Franqui is a Hispanic Internationally awarded guitarist determined to explore the guitar possibilities into the contemporary context. As a performer, feminist, millennial, fashionista, trendsetter, rebel entertainer and performer, she seeks to break boundaries between the popular(electrical/acoustic) and the classical styles and to take the instrument to a higher level of reception to new audiences and generations. Innovation and Art integration are the words that drive her as a mission. Since age ten, Laura has been an active guitarist, participating numerous masterclasses with some of the biggest names in the guitar world, performing at hundreds of venues around the world in countries such as Cuba, Spain, Ecuador, and the United States and engaging in multiple recording collaborations for the music industry, as well as television and cinema and being part of numerous festivals and competitions. Innovation and Art integration are the words that drive her as a mission.

Links:
http://www.lauramazon.com/
https://www.instagram.com/llillaura/?hl=es
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJ2eeYKX9cXQdgZYbxN8fA

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Paradise Lost Release First Album Trailer For Obsidian

Paradise Lost Release First Album Trailer For Obsidian

Nick and Greg discuss “Fall From Grace”

The book has been closed but the story continues: Paradise Lost sharpen their pens and add another chapter to their dark, gloomy history of death, doom and gothic metal. In difficult times, the British legends from Halifax, Yorkshire are the drug that numbs the pain, the lover that takes away the sorrows, the story that craves to be told. “Obsidian”, the new album from Paradise Lost, will be released on 15th May.

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Devin Townsend – Empath – The Ultimate Edition Announced For Release 5th June 2020

Devin Townsend – Empath – The Ultimate Edition Announced For Release 5th June 2020

Devin Townsend is pleased to announce the release of ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ on 5th June 2020. This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus discs across 2 CDs, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more. Continue reading →

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Tracktion Launch Waveform Free

Tracktion Launch Waveform Free

The world’s best, fully featured, completely unlimited free DAW for all music creators.

Tracktion Corporation hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well in these difficult times.

Tracktion’s  Waveform Free is perfect for making and sharing music for anyone stuck at home, self-isolating. It has no restrictions, other than imagination and more capabilities than most enthusiastic producers will ever need. Stay safe at home, keep busy, get the creative juices flowing and dive into a genuinely complete, stand-alone, FREE DAW. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Katatonia Premiere New Single & Video For “Behind The Blood”

Katatonia Premiere New Single & Video For “Behind The Blood”

Taken From Their Forthcoming New Album “City Burials” Released On Peaceville On 24th April 

Following the announcement that Katatonia will be returning with a brand-new album City Burials on 24th April, on Peaceville Records, and the release of the album’s debut single “Lacquer”, the band present their next single and video for “Behind The Blood”.  Continue reading →

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Orange Amps Launch Instagram Programme #OrangeHangs

Orange Amps Launch Instagram Programme #OrangeHangs

Meet The Orange Team With A Series Of Instagram Live Sessions

Orange Amplification hopes that you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Orange is offering a ray of sunshine with the #OrangeHangs programme of live Instagram sessions. Simply visit the Orange Amps ‘Watch Live’ Instagram for regular bright spells of positivity, help, advice and general rambles from a wide range of the company’s dedicated experts and ambassadors.

Every Tuesday and Friday at 2:00pm EST (6:00pm GMT) join Orange’s Global Artist Relations Manager, Alex Auxier, in Artists Relations Corner. He will be providing insights into endorsements, general Orange information and remote interviewing artists and industry guests. The hangs will also include live Q & A sessions. Continue reading →

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Paradise Lost Announce New Album ‘Obsidian’ / Out On 15th May

Paradise Lost Announce New Album ‘Obsidian’ / Out On 15th May

Obsidian… dark, reflective and black: it’s a pretty decent description of the music that PARADISE LOST have been making over the last 32 years, even though this most resilient of British metal bands have stoically refused to be pinned down to one easily defined formula. Powered by a lust for creativity and a stout devotion to haunting heaviness, PARADISE LOST have defied the odds by coming back stronger than ever over the past decade .
“Obsidian”, the new album of Gothic legends PARADISE LOST will be released on 15th May.

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