PS Blues has undergone a name change. The group is now called The STEVEE Band. PS Blues was slightly misleading. Although the band plays some blues it is primarily an Indie Pop band that also plays covers of The Beatles, Rolling Stones etc.
Valery Vrady’s studio is in central Moscow right behind the Tretyakov Gallery, the home of Russian art through the ages, from the medieval icons of Rublov through to the avant-garde. All the titans under one roof: Bryullov, Repin, Shishkin, Levitan, Serov, Kandinsky and a host of others.
Vrady’s place is an Aladdin’s Cave of paintings and sometimes weird, sometimes whacky, but always enthralling and diverting installations. You’re surrounded by pictures, nudes and angels, upside-down chairs, postcards from dead Soviets, old telephones and typewriters, phonograms and fashion dummies flamboyantly transformed, signs and stars, paraphernalia, memorabilia, psychedelia… the eccentric world of Russian artist Valery Vrady is piled to the rafters with funky junk. Who would have thought to fix defunct bed springs to the ceiling and festoon them with fairy lights and other bits and pieces? Vrady makes art out of stuff people throw away: the bric-a-brac and detritus of everyday life. Every nook and cranny of his three-floor atelier is full to bursting with startling imagery, including the loo where you’re cautioned not to drop a rat, among other unlikely things, down the pan. The door sports a large intestine! That is to say, an anatomical drawing of the human digestive system. Quite appropriate, really.
Needless to say Vrady’s studio is popular with photographers, filmmakers, art students (mainly female), itinerant poets and other flotsam and jetsam from the bohemian life. Vrady’s parties are legendary. In Soviet times, leading lights such as Vysotsky, actor, songwriter and heart throb of his generation, would carouse the night away here. There were wild times indeed. During the lawless chaos of perestroika in the 1990s, some mafia types burned half the premises down, and when they appeared at the door to claim the other half, they found themselves at the wrong end of Vrady’s gun. Doubtless believing in the better part of valour, they departed. An ex-traindriver, Vrady is a colourful character with a handshake like a vice and a demeanour not to be messed with. When I first met him he nearly crushed my hand to a pulp! As a guitarist, I am rather protective of my mitts, and so on subsequent occasions I took care to greet him with my hands full!
I have played at Vrady’s on a number of occasions and it’s always cool. Often, the unexpected is waiting in the wings. One night a poet (or so he claimed to be) gatecrashed my set like a drunk lurching into a drum kit. We launched off into some rather disjointed adlib, which amused and bemused the audience in equal measure. The ‘poet’ howled for a bit, declaimed some rather unprintable things in Russian, and then lurched off in search of more vodka, leaving me to finish my ramblings.
I have done a number of photoshoots at Vrady’s and even had my portrait with guitar painted by the master. I had never sat for a picture before. It was a fascinating and lengthy process. While Vrady painted I had to play; he insisted he wanted to capture the picture that way. It took over five hours during which time I must have played every tune I know, and then some.
And here is the result. Maybe one day it’ll be in the Tretyakov with a sign saying it was painted next door.
Congratulations to Saboteurs, rockers from the East Midlands, and their superbly energetic blend of indie rock
It’s a pleasure to welcome Saboteurs to the coveted rank of Musicoin Artist of the Week, recognition of outstanding talent and voted for by the Musicoin community. Each week, three artists go into the hat, and so spare a thought for Paranoia (Techno) and Allan Piter (Pop), worthy and excellent runners-up.
It’s always nice to let the band tell their story and so here’s Saboteur’s:
“Struggling with mundane life in an East Midlands market town… Bottling it all up and ready to explode…The quiet ones are the worst they say but there’s nothing quiet about Saboteurs’ outpouring of pent-up emotions.
The band’s 2018 debut EP attracted a growing fan-base and recognition by BBC Introducing, Richer Sound’s Artist of the Week and as finalists in Radio Wigwam’s Rock Act of the Year.
From the gothic post-punk splendour and dark, foreboding rock of ‘Nobody Knows Me Like You’ , to the haunting slow-burn of ‘Coraline’ , Saboteurs manage somehow to transcend genres. The juxtaposition stems from the contrasting styles of songwriters Ben Ellis (vocals/guitars) and Rick Whitehead (guitars/vocals). ‘We just can’t do trends. We end up chucking in elements from all manner of genres and smashing them together’.
With influences as diverse as New Model Army, Biffy Clyro, Neil Young and Thrice, Saboteurs’ debut album, ‘Dance With The Hunted’, is due for release on 4 May 2019.
And with a new rhythm section in place – Pete Botterill (drums) and Geoff Standeven (bass) – and Kirsty Marlog on backing vocals, the band will be hitting the road again with live dates across the UK.”
Stream Saboteurs tracks free at Musicoin and on the Musicoin Mobile App, available from the app stores.
Congratulations to The Maniac Agenda on winning Musicoin Artist of the Week 9 – an awesome combo of edm and rock… breaking the rules… breaking sound barriers…Cobain meets The Prodigy… or something!)
And of course props to worthy runners-up: Reggae man Roland Burrell and Russian popsters Mishel.
The Maniac Agenda is a forwarding thinking electronic music group that blurs the lines of the producer, DJ, and rock band. Often compared to Celldweller, Skrillex, and Highly Suspect getting hit by a train, The Maniac Agenda are mavericks in the electronic music world in their own right.
The Maniac Agenda is known for their alternative electronic sound that saw them co-producing the acclaimed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance video game soundtrack with Platinum Games, Logan Mader (former Machinehead/Soulfly member), & Composer Jamie Christoperson. The Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance video game has sold over 1 million copies worldwide to date.
Some other notable production credits by The Maniac Agenda include earning a programming & sound designing credit on “Believe” from Asking Alexandria’s Billboard-topping album “From Death to Destiny” and producing official remixes for Celldweller, Starset, and Innerpartysystem.
The Maniac Agenda still continues to pioneer the electronic rock sound through producing music for video games and remixing artists. You can download their remix album here or check them out on the Musicoin Blockchain
Blockchain has opened a new paradigm for independent musicians. The leading platforms for music streaming are Musicoin and Choon. The chief benefit is that musicians are compensated immediately for every stream while fans can listen to music free.
The blockchain seems rather mysterious to many. For instance, how does the above relationship between listener and musician work? It seems to defy the law of economics. Free music and pay for the musicians? By the way, the blockchain has applications in many spheres beyond music, such as banking, insurance, government. At this point, our friends at iqsdirectory.com will take over to explain blockchain… what it is, how it works and how it’s changing the world!
“Most people have heard of the blockchain, but very few actually know what it means. When you ask someone what it is, they’re likely going to spew out a bunch of words and phrases that won’t make any sense. Or the explanation will take so long that you lose interest in it.
The simplest way to explain it is that it’s a reliable, very difficult to hack record of transactions and who owns what. Blockchain is based on distributed ledger technology which securely records information across peer-to-peer networks. It was initially created to trade the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, but its potential reaches far beyond cryptocurrency.
Blockchain ledgers can include titles, loans, identities, and almost anything else of value. The technology is still very new, but the potential impact it can have on business and everyday life is enormous. [Read on here…]
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