Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is New York/Turkish singer/songwriter Demir Demirkan.

New York, NY January 15th 2017: Singer, songwriter, producer, and certified guitar shredder Demir Demirkan is announcing a February 16th release for “Awakening,” the first EP of three in the New Yorker/Turkish musician’s new “War III” project. The first chapter introduces some of the themes and concepts which Demirkan will explore in the trilogy: alienation, freedom, individualism, revolution. While Demir’s rumination on such themes certainly evokes and pays tribute to essential albums in the canon of rock opera and concept albums, he offers a fresh take informed by his own diverse influences and background which promise to make the trilogy an instant classic in this canon. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have legendary artist Hugh Syme on board, who has been responsible for the cover artwork of every Rush release since 1975, including their iconic logo, as well as creating iconic designs for key albums from Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Megadeth, and Queensrÿche. The album is co-written and co-produced with GRAMMY®-nominated and ASCAP award-winning songwriter and producer Phil Galdston (Starship, America, Celine Dion, Robin Williams).

“I’d been producing my own albums since I’d started,” Demir explains, “But I partnered with Phil Galdston on War III, which was a great blessing because I trust him with my music. He helped me learn to let the music take me to where it wanted to go, rather than me directing it all the time.” The resulting five tracks are both expansive and tight, matching methodical and honest lyricism to curious and amorphous sonic and musical qualities, incorporating at times heavy metal, prog rock, funk, acoustic balladry, and psychedelic rock. Demir’s passionate and technical guitar work anchors the five tracks into a cohesive whole, blazing through the complex and often subtle narrative movements of the music and lyrics.

Though this first part of “War III” marks a new chapter in Demir’s career, it is hardly the first—since 2000, he has released eight albums and five EPs just under his own name, not even counting his work in groups such as the Turkish metal band Pentagram (AKA Mezarkabul) and his Eurovision-winning original song “Every Way That I Can.” Though he lives in New York City now, his formative experiences growing up in Turkey as well as attending the renowned Musicians Institute in L.A. in the 90s are essential informants to his creative process, helping him to build and expand on a sound all his own. In “Awakening,” it’s clear that despite Demir’s impressive resume and life experience, he is not content to settle into anything, opting instead to continue pushing himself, project to project surely but even song-to-song. Rather, in this first chapter of “War III” we get the sense that Demir is just getting started.

http://demirdemirkan.net

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/demir-demirkan-podcast/

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Demir_Demirkan_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song/Standing 'O' Project Coffee Break is Los Angeles singer/songwriter Thea Juliette of Arsnk.

Multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter Arsnk draws on Thea Juliette’s Celtic roots to create strongly visual music infused with mythology and gothic folk rock influences. Strongly and proudly a 90s child live Arsnk has similarity to The Cranberries, and moody melodic pop rock artists such as Lana Del Rey.

It’s Thea Juliette’s intention subconsciously to manifest music with morals and messages. 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: ARSNK_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Taos singer/songwriter Max Gomez.

Though still only in his twenties, Max Gomez has always had the heart of an old soul. As a child, the first songs he learned to sing were originally recorded in the 50s by Johnny Cash. As a teenage guitarist he adopted Big Bill Broonzy as his blues master. And as a budding performer, he apprenticed in the rarefied musical climate of northern New Mexico, where troubadours like Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard helped foster a folk and Western sound both cosmic and cowboy. You’ll find his hometown of Taos and nearby Red River right there between Colorado and Texas on both your sonic and Google maps. Splitting his childhood between there and a farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Gomez is at home in the heartland, too.  

The youngest of five brothers, by several years—“That’s why I got into ‘old’ music”—Gomez got a children’s guitar for Christmas when he was 10. The family moved from Santa Fe to Taos in the ’80s, and his father, Steve, became a furniture craftsman. “There’s a similarity between my dad’s work and mine,” says Gomez. “He really studied what he did; there were always a lot of books on old furniture in his studio.”

Gomez reports that growing up in Taos was “wild. It’s still the Wild West compared to any city or suburb. You can get away with just about anything there, and we were turned loose as kids.”

At 14, when Gomez performed at a benefit concert, he played “Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down”—the down-and-out classic by future labelmate Kris Kristofferson. Soon thereafter he was playing at a late, lamented institution of a venue called the Old Blinking Light. “The school I went to was playing in that bar,” he says.  Country greats like Mentor Williams and Lynn Anderson frequented the place that led them to become fans of his music.  

Gomez moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue his music career and began writing songs and   performing around the city at many notable clubs. He wrote some songs with Shawn Mullins, who later recorded them. “That’s when I began taking it all a little more seriously and turned my music into a job,” says Gomez.  n his early twenties he began recording his own songs with producers in  New York, L.A., and  Nashville. His debut album, Rule the World, was released in 2013 by New West Records, home to the likes of John Hiatt, Buddy Miller, and Steve Earle. Soon after, Kiefer Sutherland directed the music video for the single “Run From You.”

Gomez grew up in a rich musical environment, but represents more than the sum of his influences—he’s got that ineffable and instantly recognizable x-factor called talent. Melodies that flow naturally. Trenchant lyrics that express wise-beyond-his-years observations on the ways of the heart. Laconic phrasing in a cafe mocha timbre, and guitar skills that can stand alone. In short: the whole package.

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Max_Gomez_Podcast.mp3
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