Whether you’re an independent musician or a DIY business owner, here are a few Charlotte tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep pounding (the pavement for opportunities) 2. Don’t sell out (but make it sell). 3. Listen to the wise words (and beautiful R&B singer-songwriting) of entrepreneur artist Arsena Schroeder.
Call them rebels with a cause. Call them ear-splitting anarchists. Call them Trash Room, the Charlotte punk band transforming rage into mosh-pit-happy ragers.
“You’d be really hard-pressed to listen to something today and not be able to at least find four bars of it that’s completely derivative of something else.” So says super music producer Mark Ronson, and so agrees Charlotte electronic act Dirty Art Club, who samples thousands of songs, sounds and pop culture snippets in his music.
A seven-string guitar is more than meets the eye. In the hands of Vadim Kolpakov, it can be used to entertain with a mix of Spanish flamenco, American jazz, Latin rhythms and Romani groove. But look a bit closer, and you’ll see that it’s also used to dispel stereotypes of gypsies (see: Esmeralda from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and rebuild that foundation of knowledge through song. Continue reading “Gypsy Guitarist Vadim Kolpakov Brings a Different Kind of ‘Western and Country’ to Charlotte”
It may take a village to raise a child, but in the case of John Tosco, it took a living room to raise a vibrant music community that’s included The Avett Brothers, Rachel Platten and thousands of regional artists.
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Listen to a playlist of classic soul songs (perhaps featuring legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding), and you’ll hear some common themes: resilience, love, healing. While contemporaries to the original soul movement, Soulganic brings the same sentiments and vintage sounds forward and takes them into the future with some indie flair and Latin twists.
In the words of author Beau Taplin, “Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong.” For folk artist Dane Page, Charlotte is always and forever that musical home.
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How do you capture the thrill of first discovering your favorite song or the adrenaline rush of your first concert? For singer-songwriter Bruce Hazel, it means taking that bottle of rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia and sharing it with veteran musicians as leader of the Charlotte band Temperance League.