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Ellie Williams: Expect The Unseen

Most of her believers impatiently await her upcoming debut album ... me too. To shorten the time of waiting I asked Ellie about what we can expect from her, from the album and the next months:

50K MM: What kind of Ellie Williams album can we expect?

Ellie: The album has 11 tracks on it, and I like to think they are fairly varied. There are some tracks that believers will recognize as we chose the three songs I had used originally on my profile. We worked really hard to keep the album true, which is more difficult than it sounds. This probably resulted in it taking slightly longer, as I wanted to put a band together who understood the songs, and not just use session musicians. (Although there is nothing wrong with that approach either). We haven’t tried to ‘rock’ up the songs or change them into something that they weren’t to begin with.

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Lucia Iman: Epic Adrenaline Rushes Of Joy

One of the next "album releasers" is this amazing lady from Spain - Lucia Iman. Her album will come out in autumn this year and I asked her a few questions about her time on SellaBand, the album production process and her future plans and about album promotion:

Q: What were your experiences during the time on SellaBand?
A: Many experiences to list; from epic adrenaline rushes of joy to deep states of frustration and everything in between. What I’m taking with me is the friends I’ve made and the knowing that all is well when I am true to myself and the music.

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Electric Eel Shock: Nothing But Sugoi

If you wanna get rocked these days, you don't have to search very much. These three guys from Japan are the really Kings of Rock'n'Roll. You can feel it with every EES song you may listen to. With their seventh and upcoming album "Sugoi Indeed" they are going to rescue the world again. Although they are really busy preparing the release of their album, Aki answered a few questions from 50K MUSIC MAG:

Q: Where are you from?
A: Two of us are from Osaka which is creative and industrial heart of Japan. then we found our drummer Gian in a Tokyo Jazz club. We rescued him from his life wearing suit and pencil tie 7 nights a week and we took him on road around the world. He got his playing with 4 drum stick from playing jazz but now he use it very different to give maximum rock and roll.

Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?
A: Ha that is easy we are ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK! Or another 3 is Aki, Gian and Kazuto!

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Simon O'Reilly: Contributing To A Beautiful Unique Album

If you're into instrumental music you will sure like the sound of Simon O'Reilly. Usually writing music for films and TV he's trying a whole new approach with crowdfunding his upcoming non-commercial album "Edge Of The Earth" on Fundit. I talked to him about the project, living in the west of Ireland and his further plans:

50K MUSIC: Who is Simon O'Reilly? Please tell us something about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your roots?
Simon: I am an instrumental musician and have my own recording studio I use primarily for writing music for film and TV. some of my latest work was to score 4 sections for a film that just is in the 2013 Sundance film festival. my past has been playing guitar live and producing many artists and bands. In the past 5 years I have concentrated solely on soundtracks. I am originally from Dublin but lived in Holland, Australia and England when I was growing up. I started playing music in Holland when I was a 12.

50K MUSIC: You're raising funds for your upcomimg instrumental album „Edge Of The Earth“ on Fundit at the moment. How did you find the way to crowdfunding?

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Rue Royale @ Franz Mehlhose - October 19th 2013

Published October 27 2013.

  by Mario

The first time I've heard of Franz Mehlhose was when The Black Atlantic played a gig at this cosy cafe near Erfurt's city in June last year. Several times we've planned to go there to see a gig. But it never happened … until last Saturday when Rue Royale were announced to play.

So in the late afternoon we set sails for the city.

Rue Royale are on the road across Europe off and on until the end of November promoting their current album „Remedies Ahead“ which they successfully funded through the support of more than 500 backers on Kickstarter this February. On October 19th they stopped by at Franz Mehlhose for a gig.

But first came wonderful Phia, Australian singer/songwriter currently living in Berlin, the girl with the Kalimba … and the loop pedal. She opened up her half-hour gig with her single „Do You Ever?“ and melodiously warmed up the crowd for the Rue Royale show.

Then, after a short break, Ruth and Brookln entered the stage starting with „Changed My Grip“ followed by „Set Out To Discover“. I think they played the whole set of their new album and a few of the older songs like „Guide To An Escape“.

Between two songs Brookln asked the crowd if there's someone who was at their last show at Franz Mehlhose. Oddly enough no one seems to have attended their last gig. But Brookln promised to memorize every face when they'll play next time at the cafe.

Rue Royale did a really great performance this Saturday night with their wonderful songs mixed of melancholy and happiness playing in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of about 100 people who seemed to be the core of Erfurt's Rue Royale fans. Hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.

The Boonstock Music And Arts Festival

Linda provides us with her report about Boonstock Festival weekend about one month ago. Enjoy reading and thanks to Linda for writing this and for taking the photos. Published August 01 2013.

  by Linda

2013 was Boonstock’s 9th successful year, this outdoor music and arts festival was held from June 27th-30th in a farmer’s field just outside Gibbons, Alberta. Boonstock has quickly grown into the largest music festival of its kind in Western Canada, and one of the best in Canada, with over 40 bands and 40 DJ’s rocking and dropping some sick beats to a crowd of 65,000 music fans throughout the Canada Day long weekend. This year’s outstanding line- up included artists such as, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Five Alarm Funk, The Preying Saints, Forester, Jezibelle, Pop Evil, Drop Kick Murphys, Dolly Rotten, Godsmack and the Canadian iconic alternative rock band The Headstones.

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