Published on December 18 2014

Ho Ho Ho! Our Christmas Playlist 2014 is ready!

 

You may have the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, the presents ready to be unpacked, the snow falling outside your window… but do you have the music to get into the spirit of Christmas?

 

 

Ho ho ho!

 

 

No problem, that’s all covered: listen & download our 2014 Christmas playlist!

 

 

Happy holidays everyone!

 

 

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Playlist

Published on December 12 2014

Your new Jamendo artist interface!

 

What can you expect from this new administration panel?

 

- An entirely new upload process 



We know how important the upload process is: it’s the first step towards sharing your music with the Jamendo community. Simply drag and drop your audio files, edit their info while they are processed and regroup them in albums. It’s fast and simple! 


We consider it as being absolutely important that you can provide as much information as possible about your tracks and albums, so that our listeners and licensing clients are able to easily find your music. From now on, you will have to reach a certain percentage of data completion for each track in order to be able to publish it online. 


Your new Jamendo artist interface!
  • Simpler opt-in to Licensing

As some of you might already know: Jamendo PRO is dead, say welcome to Jamendo Licensing!


Joining Jamendo Licensing is a lot more simple: accept the terms in one click, fill in your certification online and sign it electronically. That shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Say goodbye to the manually signed certificate.

Your new Jamendo artist interface!
  • New service: "Composition"!

A potential new source of revenue for you: on-demand compositions for synchronization purposes (advertising, film, television, applications, etc.). It’s a much higher pay than our day-to-day licensing, and we’ll share with you 80% of the deal!

If you’ve missed the info, check it out here.


If you guys have any further question regarding the new music composition service, please do not hesitate to take directly contact with me as I will be in charge of this new project.

Your new Jamendo artist interface!
  • Your transactions and sales info all in one place


We’ve simplified the display of all your money-related information: your banking details, a table with your balance and pending payments, details of the licenses you have sold... it’s all on the same page now, in the "Transactions" section.

Your new Jamendo artist interface!
  • Improved notifications and statistics

You will be notified when a listener likes one of your tracks, adds it to his favorites, to a playlist or reviews your album. The statistics section has been redesigned for a better browsing experience.

  • Personal blog

If you’ve created your own Jamendo blog in the past, it will still be visible in reading mode, but you won't be able to edit it anymore. We are well aware that some of you care a lot about this feature, so we’re working on new solutions for you to share news.

  • More is coming

 

We have got plenty of ideas to create a highly valuable artist experience on Jamendo, so stay tuned for our future updates!


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Published on December 11 2014

Publisher: "That’s the beauty in my opinion, everyone can get something different from my music"

With a surreal, cinematic quality Publisher's beautifully orchestrated scores hint at some kind of deep, dark spiritual crossroad, while his soaring vocals sculpt his own beautiful expression of inner conflict and despair. Influences range from the likes of Placebo & Radiohead to Muse & Interpol, no bad thing at all. 

Here is an artist whose music long ago abandoned any pretentions to commerciality, but still seems perfectly capable of filling out the kind of venues where the likes of Radiohead & Muse would normally ply their trade.

For his first release Empty Hands on Jamendo, we pluged our headphones and pried smoothly in his weirdly magnetic universe.

  • Hi Arno! Welcome to Jamendo! Can you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a bit more about your relationship with music?

 

Thanks! Well, my name is Arno and I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. A year ago I was still living in my home town, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. But an opportunity came along to move to Edinburgh. Music had always come in second place for me and this was my chance to put it in first place. So I grabbed it and now I’m here, working with music all the time. Besides recording and producing my own stuff I also record other people in my studio, do sound in several venues and host some music nights. So it’s all music at the moment and I love it!

 

  • When did Publisher start and why did you choose to go solo?

 

Publisher started as a new project when my first band split up. The aim was to mix electric guitars and acoustic drums with electronics (synths/samplers), but when I moved to Edinburgh that direction changed a little bit. The music scene over here is mainly acoustic and one of the first things I did when I moved here was buy an acoustic steel string guitar. After I rearranged my songs, so I was able to play them solo, I dived into the open mic circuit. That went very well and I met so many great musicians who have become my friends over time. Going solo hasn’t been a conscious choice, it just happened. For my first EP Empty Hands I just asked some of my music friends to play on the EP. Most of them knew the songs because they jammed along when I played live. The recording proces was very free and easy. I just let them do what they felt like and if I did not like it I would ask if they had another idea. But most of the times the first idea was great. At the moment I’m forming a band to be able to play live more often, because that’s one of the things I love most. 
 

Publisher: "That’s the beauty in my opinion, everyone can get something different from my music"
  • Are you writing all the music and lyrics on your own? Is there anyone else part of the creative process?

 

I write the main parts of the songs, so main chords structure and lyrics. I always start on my spanish guitar. Can play that thing for hours. When I have something I like I record the basic structure on my computer and start adding other instruments. For Empty Hands the process was a little bit different as you can read in the previous answer: parts developed from performing live with other musicians jamming along.

 

  • Empty Hands is your first EP on Jamendo, packed with a bunch of meaningful songs. We feel like you’re expressing deep emotions, as if your soul was singing. How would you explain the message behind your music?

 

Like for most artists what I make is indeed an expression of my emotions. The songs are mainly about event’s in my life that had a big impact on me. Sometimes from my perspective, but also from others’ perspectives. I try to be not to direct with the lyrics because then the song looses it’s mystery. I don’t really feel there’s a clear message behind my music. That’s the beauty in my opinion, everyone can get something different from it.

Publisher: "That’s the beauty in my opinion, everyone can get something different from my music"
  • We can’t help but think about Radiohead when listening to Publisher. Could you tell us about the influences that helped build your universe?

 

It’s funny because a hear this a lot. But when someone mentioned Radiohead for the first time I didn’t really listen to them. When more and more people mentioned them I started listening and I really love their music now. I think everything you listen to influences you and shapes your perspective of music. A band you don’t like the first few times you hear them can become one of your favorite bands over time. I write songs that I like but what I like is obviously influenced by what I listen to. So a few of the bands I like to listen to are: Foals, Radiohead and Interpol. But I also listen to more heavy stuff and synth based music. It depends on what mood I’m in.

 

  • When you are playing live, we bet you are trying to establish a special connection with your public. Our readers would love to read about one of your best live stories, a unique moment you experienced on stage!

 

When you’re still a pretty unknown artist you play for very different kinds of audiences. It really depends what kind of event it is. But all I can do is try to play my best show possible. I try to be open and honest and if people feel that and feel the music a connection is made. For me one of the best live experiences is when people sing along to my songs. That happens more and more nowadays so I think it’s going into the right direction :)

Publisher: "That’s the beauty in my opinion, everyone can get something different from my music"
  • Last question: if you could form your dream band, who would you play with?

 

Sam Fogarino (Interpol) on drums. I really like his style, simple and effective. He doesn’t do anything more that is needed for the song. Walter Gervers (Foals) on bass guitar. Again, I like his style, it just feels good. Great bass melodies and grooves that fit the songs perfectly. And lastly I would love to have Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray) on synth/sampler. Don’t even know if she can play (saw her live once and she just sang). But if her timing is right she should be able to pull it off :) The Fever Ray album is one of my favorites, perfect for a cold winters night. Beautiful atmospheric textures and great analog style sounds.


Cheers Arno!

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Interviews

Published on December 1 2014

Social Square: "The older we get, the more we seem to enjoy songs that are faster and louder!"

Social Square was founded 9 years ago, at Christmas 2005. They are a trio from Paris, France. Their unique trademark is reflected by a percussive and distorted indie rock, mixed with powerful guitar hooks and solid songwriting. Be ready for their new release Kaïju Quick Fix: you'll be struck by a huge flood of energy, and you will ask for more!

  • Hi guys! First of all, can you tell us who is Social Square and what's the story behind the band? How did you meet and get to play music together?

The band started around Christmas 2005. We met through various music connections, friends of friends, etc. We’d all been playing in previous bands for years previously. Social Square was a new project created by our singer Patrick who wanted to start a 3-piece band, something light and full of energy. He was first joined by our bassist Laurent, then Faez, the drummer. We figure we really don’t need more than those three elements to make the music we want to make, though we do enjoy adding some quirky instruments like stylophone or theremin when we’re in the studio.

 

  • How is the creative/production process divided between each of you (lyrics, songwriting, recording...)?

 

We basically just jam in our rehearsal studio, record our ideas to make sure we don’t forget them, work on them the next time we rehearse, and pretty quickly, in maybe 3 rehearsals, a new song is born and 80% finished. Writing the lyrics is the final phase, which Patrick does more or less quickly, but usually only when the chords and melody are definitive. So the last 20% can take much longer to complete…

 

Social Square: "The older we get, the more we seem to enjoy songs that are faster and louder!"
  • With your energetic and saturated guitar hooks, your sound is pure loud alternative rock! What are your main influences?

 

1990s indie rock is our main influence. We know it, and people keep saying it, so there’s not denying it! Bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Pixies Sebadoh and Fugazi built our musical identity. We don’t try and sound like that, we just naturally do. We could sound differently I guess, but that would require a conscious effort on our part, and we’re too lazy for that. Our music comes as it comes, it’s imperfect but sincere.

 

  • Three years have passed since your EP For The Time Being in 2011. Can you tell us more about the making of your new release? Was it a long journey, did you meet new people since then?

 

The mini EP “Kaiju Quick Fix”, released in the spring of 2014, was born from our meeting Arno, from the band Stuck In The Sound, who are quite popular in France. He offered to record some new songs for us; he is a bass player but also a sound engineer and complete sound geek. He builds his own effect pedals and compressors and stuff. It was a great experience recording with him (we of course used some of his homemade gizmos) and our new songs sound really good, with definitely the best sound we’ve ever achieved. There are only 2 of them because we wanted to record only our best new material.

 

Social Square: "The older we get, the more we seem to enjoy songs that are faster and louder!"
  • Your description on Jamendo says that you "enjoy loud songs that carry a melody nevertheless, but they need to be loud". We can’t help but noticing on your Kaïju Quick Fix EP cover a Godzilla-ish monster attacking a city. Why did you choose that image?

 

The Godzilla-type image and general taste for Japanese monster movies came from the video we made for “As They Come” in 2013, which is a montage of bits and pieces from such movies. We asked Half Bob, a great comic book artist who does all the artwork for our label, to come up with an idea including a monster destroying a city, as a nod to that well-known cliché. The name of the record also came from that, since ‘kaiju’ is Japanese for ‘monster’. And ‘quick fix’ for the fact there are only two songs on it, like a quick little shot of high-energy indie rock.

We didn’t pursue in that direction for our latest video though, for the song “It Never Works” which is on “Kaiju Quick Fix”: it was shot on a Velib, the free city bikes in Paris, using an iPod fixed on the front basket, and filming while riding through the city. The combined ideas of struggling with urban chaos and promoting environmental consciousness speak to us. But it’s not a conceptual or arty video by any means.

 

  • Have you already taken the new material on the road, and performed it live? How would you describe the live experiences you've had so far?

 

We play quite regularly, mostly in Paris. We feel our newest material is usually the most energy-packed, and those are always the most fun songs to play on stage, because they get the best reaction from the audience. The older we get, the more we seem to enjoy songs that are faster and louder than what we did before…

 

Social Square: "The older we get, the more we seem to enjoy songs that are faster and louder!"
  • What‘s next for Social Square? Any plans for the future?

 

Yes, our label, Influenza Records, which we created with 3 other Parisian indie rock bands (Wonderflu, Polarbird and Pfau), is releasing a split vinyl album, with 3 songs from each band, in the spring 2015. It’s actually being mastered as we speak, in Seattle. There will be a release party and other things going on around its release date. It will be the first time we release some material on vinyl, which is exciting for us, especially a 12”, which is a beautiful object. Of course, we asked Half Bob to handle the artwork, he’s working on it right now also.

 

Cheers guys!

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Published on November 27 2014

The Mind Orchestra: "A fantastic collective of free open minded souls that just love making music"

The Mind Orchestra is an International group comprising of over 30 musicians, from all corners of the globe. The project was conjured out of the ether back in 2011, based on the idea of Nick Gent. Back then, he decided to create essentially an online group, a pool of talent that he could work with to create an album that realised his vision for the songs. The Mind is the inspiration, the seed of vision and the Orchestra is the instrument, the means of physically expressing that. What we found extroardinary about each tracks is that you can hear all sorts of noises and vibes in the music (sounds of traffic, talking, thunderstorms, children laughing and playing, just real life) that you won't be churned out of state of the art studios. The guenine, pure and raw aspects make The Mind Orchestra's music so unique and delectable. The release of "Devoured by the Comfort Zone", the debut album and the first of many, is the culmination of three years of work and a lifetime ambition for Nick.

 

Hello, nice to speak with you- thanks for doing this interview. The Mind Orchestra essentially is an imaginative experiment with online collaboration to make music. We comprise of over 30 musicians from some 10 or so countries, so we truly are a global group. A fantastic collective of free open minded souls that just love making music.

 

  • The idea of gathering musicians from all corners of the planet is a genius but hard thing to do! How did you pull that off and how did you manage those tunes coming from everywhere?

 
I stumbled on a great site Indaba Music, which provides the platform to host and create online sessions. They have an extensive database of musicians you can contact and invite to participate in the sessions. I used a very intuitive process to find people, so I would look for that feeling, and send out an invite. The musicians surprised me at every turn, and their willingness to work like this was very inspiring.
I've always heard more than a part or a sound, part of the reason I liked the orchestra vibe, is I have always heard sounds together, accompanying and harmonizing with each other, it was these visions that gave me a solid idea on instruments and noises I wanted. So I would go looking for people that played for example a dilruba, or Violin. Some of the noises were things I always heard, other choices came instinctively, and there was always the surprise, and joy of people approaching me with requests to join the sessions.
The format made it relatively easy to stay in the loop with what was going on, however sometimes there could be 4 sessions on the go and inevitably focus may be just one or two and then I would return to others and apologise for seeming like I had gone on the missing list. To be honest it was a joy to juggle with, tricky sometimes but always rewarding.

 

                      

  • Each track in “Devoured By The Comfort Zone” has its own distinctive story, but all seem to have this underlying feeling, this call to travel all around the world. What would be the main message behind the album? 

 
There are a variety of recurring and distinctive messages that run through this music, but perhaps the overriding pulse is a return to source, a focus on the intuitive and on the freedom of the imagination. Raising our vibration. So I suppose your right, it’s a call to travel around the world, around inner and outer universes using our minds, our imagination, our intuition and be playful with it.  
 
 

  • You are also experimenting with raw, natural sounds of (the) daily life, without using any sampling. How do you record them and how do you make them sound so perfectly with your beautiful music? 

 
My approach to recording and to music making in general is freedom of expression- there are no rules as far as I’m concerned, no right or wrong, just frequency and vibration. Years of making music outdoors in all weathers, playing with the animals and trees and people gives you a soundtrack you can’t control- i.e. the noise of other life- why would we control that even if we could? – so I take the attitude that as I didn’t have a professionally stocked and equipped recording studio and it was mainly me to press the record button- I might as well make my peace with it all and just say nevermind to controls and the pristine, let’s just do what we want.

I like random, intuitive input- so when you are in the zone of that state of mind where you are in synchronization with the creative process, you flow with what happens and can to a small degree guide the shapes and landscapes that take form. So what I’m trying to say in a longwinded fashion is essentially jamming with your environment and your own imagination and the playoff that creates for me is where the magic is.

It’s a shamanic approach to music in many ways. Being free with the process allows magic to happen like a bee flying into a microphone sitting in a garden with a delay on it, suddenly creating this incredible sound that just so happens to be in time with the drum kit- leave it in ! its gold dust- a gift. Sometimes I would stick a microphone out of my street window, record a thunderstorm when it rained, or the crackle of a fire- other times the noises would creep in by themselves. The recording session is a conduit for the full circle. So if it sounds like it fits perfectly, I believe it’s the magic of harmony in freedom.

I recorded almost all of my stuff with a single Rhode condenser microphone, a Yamaha hard disk recorder and then iphone mic when I wanted some of the more mobile ability. Having said that my recording machine fits in a easy carry suitcase so the machine went anywhere where I could power it up...I like raw, dirty noises- I like truth and organicness in the sound almost like smelling the earth of a forest after its rained and the suns out…
 

The Mind Orchestra: "A fantastic collective of free open minded souls that just love making music"
  • Is there one track among the others that holds a special place in this latest release? One that has the most anecdotes ?

 
That’s a very good question…they all obviously have a special place in my soul, but there are ones that stick out and for all kinds of reasons too. If I had to pick one, I would probably say it would have to be Nomad. It was the first song I recorded for this album. It was also the song that I spent the longest amount of time working on in total. As with a lot of the songs, I recorded for Nomad about 120 G worth of wav files of noises, sounds, guitars, flutes and percussion for it. I wanted it that way but it meant that I had some serious editing to do, and weaving. I had some awesome input with the five string fretless bass, that instantly gave the music a special feel and felt solid, Thomas M was crucial for me with his tabla sounds, and he did quite a bit of initial mixing and work on the tracks, Travis with his beautiful lapsteel, Tomasz’s Dilruba- I love the intro so much. Daniele with his top notch kit sound, everything just felt right and happened naturally. An Amazing bunch of musicians I played with across the whole album. Only ever a few takes was needed from any of them, most of the time take 1 or 2 that we used. Everyone got into the vibe and it flowed- just great. I remember also the juggling of tracks- trying to keep in my ear all the different noises. In the end I think I edited down 100 odd tracks into 60 or so. There was 20 tracks of pure percussion and drums alone- I was in my element. I wrote that one travelling in India many years ago, and singing it always felt like home… 
 
 

  • Tell us a bit more about the future of The Mind Orchestra. Any new material on the way? Any other projects, any events?

 
I feel the Mind Orchestra is just starting really, this is our first album and I already have half of the next album recorded- a lot of it material left over from the devoured by the comfort zone sessions. I see this next album as picking up where this one may leave a trace and taking it towards my next big goal of a project. I won’t for now reveal the name or a great deal about it, but I intend to explore the healing potential a little more and make a medicine album. In some ways get more in depth into the ideas that this album extols, and expand on that. I imagine some composition for film and visual imagery; some experimental stuff would be good. Im always imagining things and I love dreaming up new things to do. I would like to open the door to other musicians that may want to work with us, and we have a solid crew, that are utterly motivated and inspirational in themselves, and the energy I find very exciting with that we could all do with it. So more music, more projects good vibrations.

The Mind Orchestra: "A fantastic collective of free open minded souls that just love making music"
  • Are you planning to all meet one day with the participating musicians? Maybe play together for a special occasion?

 
I have often thought how nice it would be to all team up, and do some shows. Logistically for us all to do it would be next to impossible, but a streamlined version could be very cool. So it’s on the cards but currently we have no plans to play live. I will explore the possibilities as we progress, there are in total over 30 musicians contributing to the music, and im sure we can dream something up. Maybe the fans have some ideas ?


Cheers Nick!
 
And thank you. It’s a pleasure.

 

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Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Interviews