We're going to start things off with Austrian guitarist, Johannes Maria Knoll, with his Biblically inspired solo release, Transcended.
He is joined by Christian Eigner on drums and Gerald Schaffhauser on bass. The following is from the official press release:
After 25 years of working with various international artists, Austian guitar player Johannes Maria Knoll decided to step into the front row to release his first instrumental – guitar - album titled "transcended". He is joined by two incredible musicians: Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode) on drums and Gerald Schaffhauser (House of Riddim, Lukascher...) on bass.
The 17 (mainly Rock -) songs pay homage to „The Holy Bible“ with all it´s force, it´s darkness, it´s distortion, it´s epic broadness, it´s catastrophies, it´s brutality, it´s treasons, it´s light, it´s cleanness, it´s philosophy, it´s morality, it´s hope, it´s glory, it´s power, it´s kindness, it´s wisdom, it´s truth, it´s salvation and it´s love.
Since I am returning to Live365 and am able to schedule programs, the Indie Hour will be returning. Even so I will be maintaining The Indie Page to keep everyone up to date on schedule times and to introduce new indie artists/bands added to my collection and station. If you're an indie artist/band and would like airtime on my station, please email me via the Contact Me form on the home page. I recently changed the email address to one specifically related to my station so your request will not get buried under a plethora of emails that I seem to get bombarded with.
With that being said let's get into it....
I was recently contacted by Sébastien Le Bars, guitarist and vocals for the French rock group, O-NYX, asking if I was interested in featuring their music on my station. After listening to their material how could I refuse? Based out of Britanny, France, besides Sébastien, O-nyx is made up of Fabien Laube on guitars and lead vocals, Xavier Bourgeois on bass and vocals and Grégory Allanic on drums and vocals. Here's a little info about O-NYX from their official Bio.
"Influenced by the Anglo-Saxon & American rock of the 70s to 90s, the quartet features a raw and angry sound, a balance between "punchy" rock carried by melodies well affirmed.
"Since its creation, O-NYX has participated in more than 250 concerts in France, but also in Belgium and the Netherlands. They also recorded 3 EPs and 2 LPs in which there is little real progress in the creative process. The songs are refined, the song used as the fifth instrument serving catchy melodies while the bass delivers harmonious lines that gave the old sound identity of O-NYX. If the group has already spent the last years working with his compositions a brand new, it's live, to give their new songs with crazy energy and joy communicative!"
The next indie band, Cartoon Theory, is a personal favorite of mine. Founded in 2009 by Maxime Lathière in Limoges, France, Cartoon Theory features guitar greats such as Plini and David Maxmicic and drummer Travis Orbin, just to name a few. Cartoon Theory features an eclectic mix of progressive rock, electronic and modern metal to produce one of the most unique sounds in the world of independent bands. Their latest release, Yokai Orchestra, is another masterpiece in their discography and will gives your ears a very satisfying eargasm. Check out their below bio for a more detailed description.
Next up is Bulgarian composer, Dimitri K (not to be confused with the Uptempo Hardcore Dimitri K also found on YouTube), with his latest release, 7/8. As those who have been following me since my time on WRIU and through my years on Live365 know, I do not limit by genre with independent artists. I've always believed in providing a platform for those artists who would otherwise receive no airplay. With that being said, some of Dimitri's music is a little difficult to categorize. While the title track from his Blue Cat release is smooth jazz, Interpretation of a Dream from his latest release, 7/8, is a bit on the romantic side. And Inferred, also from 7/8, is a combination of both. But it appears the bulk of 7/8 falls within the jazz category.
Here's a little about Dimitri K in his own words:
Won National Contest for Youth Pop Composers in 1982 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since then have written over 250 songs for many top singers and instrumentalists. Many became the hit songs of the 80s in Bulgaria. Some songs sold over 250,000 copies at a time. Wrote the cover songs for the Melody of the Year National TV Show in 1987 and 1988. Contestants from quite a few different countries performed his songs as part of the ongoing International Golden Orpheus Festival on the Black Sea. His recorded music is part of the Golden Music Library of the National Radio in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Dimitri, currently residing in Orlando, Florida, is joined by Alvin L. Giles, and Rob Mullins on keyboards, Devrick Bell on saxophone, Jochy Rodriguez on trumpet, John Valeri on guitar, Jamie Strefeler on oboe and Konstantin Dimitrov on violin . You can find Dimitri's music on CD Baby.
The following is a review of Dimitri's 7/8 release by Dick Metcalf, editor and founder of Contemporary Fusion Reviews. Here is Dimitri's official YouTube channel if you're interested in listening to more or subscribing.
Here is his official bio:
Italian-born songwriter Mazzu plays “Timeless Alternative Rock”: powerful tunes with introspective lyrics and radiant vocals. Think Eddie Vedder meets Michael Hutchence, with a dash of Mike Patton’s Mexican cousin!
His most recent offering Perfect Lizard is a collection of songs written between Italy, Scotland and Mexico. It was recorded and mixed by Riccardo Pasini at Studio 73 in Ravenna, Italy. He helped Mazzu craft the earthy, warm sound that brings his songs to life. But this record is far from having the intimate quality of a solo album. Indeed, it features 13 musicians and shows the sonic solidity of a full band with a penchant for catchy, radio-ready refrains.
Mazzu grew up in a little village near Venice, Italy, but soon revealed an urge to get away and explore the world, pushing the boundaries each time a little further. After a rather troubled teenage, he lived in Bologna for a period and then abroad. He moved country 9 times in 10 years, mainly around the UK and Latin America.
Since the age of 15, writing and performing songs has been his major creative outlet. He cut his musical teeth in Italy, playing in several alternative rock bands and self-producing 3 EPs. Then, after a short hiatus from music, he decided to do it all alone and put his face and name at the forefront. And so Mazzu was born. Don’t call his music ‘indie’ because it is something different (and because ‘indie’ doesn’t really mean anything). There is blues, pop and psychedelia in it. A sincere voice telling the story of a young man who tries to live on this planet at the beginning of the 21st century. His lyrics are journeys into the complexities of human nature, touching themes of freedom, individualism, obsession, love and death, all fuelled by an impassioned approach to every line he sings.
2019 finds him promoting the release of Perfect Lizard and writing material for his next album.