Published on August 30 2013

 

Open World Forum is one of the most important events around the world dedicated to free and open source technologies, gathering thousands of visitors in Paris every year. As one of the main players in free culture, Jamendo has been a long time partner of the event: we're teaming up again to offer you the chance to create the official sound of the 2013 Open World Forum !

Your music will be played on all the media used for the event, and also at any step at the conference.

Win a Parrot Zik headset + 200€!

 

Requirements:


- 10 to 15 seconds instrumental jingle (no vocals)
- Must be catchy, dynamic
- Upload below until Friday, September 13, 2013!

 

 

Published on August 29 2013

Photos : Tompigs.com

Photos : Tompigs.com

1. Could you describe in few lines who you are, your style of music and your influences?

 


I am ZOE.LEELA and I am from Berlin. I think my music is a very powerful sort of popmusic. The best way to feel it out, i guess is to listen to my work and get a glue what ZOE.LEELA is. Any sort of vibration in life is my influence and is reflected in my music.


2. When did you start becoming the Zoe.Leela you are now ?

I made my debut  on our street corner when I was 8. I decided to help a street musician by dancing in front of him. It worked pretty well until my father bumped into us on one day. Well, obviously he was not very amused and without having any clue of what’s wrong in dancing for an audience, I had to quit. Lesson learned. Years later, when I became Zoe.Leela, I knew right from the start that I can do whatever I want artistically, as long as no one is ever going to see me on the street corner begging for money. 


3. Your new album “Digital Guilt”, in which you question the world we live in, was recently released on Jamendo, how did you come up with this album?

“Digital Guilt” is pretty much an exploration of contrast, both musically and politically. It inspires me to change the rules, to play politics, to play with different styles, words, sounds, moods, vibes. That’s why the album goes from clash to purple to crunk/hyphy to dubstep to trip-hop to glitch to r&b to midtempo fun. The beats help create a catalyst for the message of this album: Alignment and self empowerment.


4. If you had to choose one quote to describe who you are as an artist and what motivates you everyday, what would it be?

I am a joyful being who loves co-creation and the stimulation of mind.

Photos : Tompigs.com

5. While performing in public, what do you enjoy the most in a performance and why ?

I love being focused. I love when the idea just flows through me, when it is revealing itself to me and to the audience; the moment of connection, of flow.


6. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?

I am responsible for my own happiness. The public is inflaming my desire, but I am the only piece that could ever be missing. In other words, I love to share my music, it makes me happy. 


7. And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo : Is there a fun fact about you that your fans don’t know and would be surprised to hear about?

I am addicted to nail polish. I change the colour nearly every day and I guess, for the last 10 years, no one has ever seen me without.

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Interviews

Published on August 26 2013

Aerian electronic and psychedelic urban pop from Germany : Introducing ZOE.LEELA !

Now available on Jamendo !

Free Download (track):

http://jamen.do/t/1051625

Free Download (album):
http://jamen.do/l/a123850

Artist Page:
http://jamen.do/a/377055

Jamendo on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/JAMENDO

Written by JamendoTV

Published on #Features

Published on August 23 2013

Paul Klason : "I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be"

Paul Klason accepted to talk to us all about him and his new track "I want your body" now available on Jamendo for free download.

 

1. Could you tell us a little about you? When did you start singing ?

 

I’m a singer, composer and designer from Barcelona, Spain. Ever since I was a kid I showed a great interest in classical music and blues, listening to artists like Son Seals, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Eric Clapton and to the legendary compilation “Alligators Records”. When I was 10, I created my first blues cover band and started performing in public. 2012 was the year of my first solo project (after funk, soul, jazz, rock, pop and disco experiences) which had as main objective to create my own personal touch (bringing together everything I had collected over time). I am also a guitarist and a pianist.

 

 

2. If you had to listen to one artist for the rest of your life, who would it be?

 

Justin Timberlake, because I admire his ability to research new sounds and constantly innovate without losing his personal touch and maintaining the essence and elegance of soul music which I think is amazing. However I have other influences : Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi as well as emerging bands (usually from Youtube) like Tori Kelly, Dirty Loops or Travis Garland. I’ve paid a lot of attention to musicians like Maceo Parker, John Mayer, Brian Culbertson and especially Marcus Miller, whom I consider one of the most complete musicians in music history.

 

When I was 10, I created my first blues cover band and started performing in public.

Paul Klason

 

 

3. You just released you new track “I want your body” on Jamendo, along with another album “Back in the day” (2012). How did you come up with this song?

 

"I Want Your Body" has been my biggest challenge musically. I spent four months composing it. It was also my first off-site recording experience, and I was lucky to be working with a renowned rapper, YoungMarkk, from LA. Each story told in the album departs from the idea of the woman and everything that surrounds her. And this track it's not an exception. "Back In The Day" and "I Want Your Body" are the first two singles from the record that we are preparing for early 2014. You can help us fund it from September here : http://www.verkami.com/locale/en/projects/6458

 

Paul Klason : "I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be"

4. Do you compose your own songs? Where do you get your inspiration from?

 

I compose my own songs and always start composing the music before I write the lyrics because music is a language in itself. Sometimes creativity is at its maximum level and sometimes it’s good to rest a little when it reaches saturation. A song can come to my mind anytime : While playing guitar or listening to music for example.


5. Within these three albums, is there a particular song that never fails to move you emotionally ?

Even though all the songs are special to me, my first single “Back In The Day” is the most special one to me. I spend a lot of time composing until I’m fully convinced that the song is what it needs to be.

6. Do you perform in public or take part in any competition?

Yes, ever since I was 10, I never stopped playing gigs. I reduced their number ever since I started preparing my first album. Going on stage is what any artist wants, and in my case, the more people the better. About five years ago, I took part in a contest but had to call it off before the finals because they asked us to sell tickets in order to access the next step. I don’t believe musicians should be doing that kind of things. It’s always hard for a musician to make the right choices and I wish those band competitions and showcases could be more of a springboard for emerging artists, give access to a network and training that will help an artist grow. It was nevertheless a good experience since we got to play on important stages.

 

3. You just released you new track “I want your body” on Jamendo, along with two other albums “Soul Project” (2011) and “Back in the day” (2012). How did you come up with this song?

 

"I Want Your Body" has been my biggest challenge musically. I spent four months composing it. It was also my first off-site recording experience, and I was lucky to be working with a renowned rapper, YoungMarkk, from LA. Each story told in the album departs from the idea of the woman and everything that surrounds her. And this track it's not an exception. "Back In The Day" and "I Want Your Body" are the first two singles from the record that we are preparing for early 2014. You can help us fund it from September here : http://www.verkami.com/projects/6458-paul-klason-primer-disco

I don't live in the music world, but in the world I created around her.

Paul Klason


 

7. What does music mean to you? Do you think musicians play a particular role in the society nowadays?

Music means everything to me : great memories and moments and above all, great people around me. It is not about living in the music world, but the world I created around her. It has a big influence on society, everybody listens to music. Its magic resides in its diversity. We often make the mistake to neglect a song because it’s too much of a classic so it’s too “old” or because it’s “commercial”. I think it’s good to be more open minded about music in general. I like to know about people’s musical tastes.


8. You chose to share your music for free under Creative Commons licenses on Jamendo. Why did you make this decision?

I think it’s important to make music more accessible to my fans and the public. My musicians and I realized that for this first album, we need to reach an audience that we still have to win and the experience could not be better. After all, an artist/composer wants to be heard.


9. If we switched places and I was the artist and you were asking the questions, what is one question you would ask me? What would you reply to this same question?

The question would be “Can you get where you are alone?” and the answer is “No”. Behind every song, there are many people working. My musicians (Armando Erenas, Pepo Jimenez, Tito Torres, Núria Martorell, Tony Martin and Carlos Mañez) and our advisory team (Jordi Serra, Kiku Roure and Enric Jofre) are the reason why this project came to life. For me it is very important to mention and recognize this work, because music wouldn’t exist without teamwork. I don’t think it’s possible to become someone in the music industry if we are alone.



 

10. And since it’s a tradition at Jamendo : Is there a fun fact about you that your fans don’t know and would be surprised to hear about?

People often tease me because I am not a drinker or smoker and that the history of music helps to think that without these factors, I will get nowhere in the music industry. The meetings between musicians and advisors are never without beers and a coke, the coke being mine. I’m also a big shower dancer. I would like to take dance lessons someday, but for now it remains a project that stays in the shower.

 


Follow Paul Klason:

http://www.jamendo.com/es/artist/375628/paul-klason
http://www.facebook.com/officialpaulklason
http://www.twitter.com/paulklason
http://www.youtube.com/officialpaulklason
 

Published on August 13 2013

Groovy Nations : "Everything starts with a jam session"

1. First of all, where does your artist name come from?

 

We wanted to choose a name that would represent our music and the fact that we were from various backgrounds. “Groovy” for the groove we try to put everyday in the music we share with our fans to make it festive and rhythmic. “Nations” to underline our desire to fusion musical genres and languages but also to unite the world through a universal language, Music!

 

 

2. Your band is composed of 10 members from various origins who all brought their own personal touch to your music. When and how did you meet?

 

It started in 2009. Four of us (Simon, Florian, Antoine and Issam, childhood friends) decided to travel through the North of France to perform (mainly Rock music). Then, we wanted to challenge ourselves so we tried Funk music. It was an ambitious project and we needed more musicians. So Antoine, who was studying at the EF2M (A music school) at the time, asked several musicians from his school to join the project. And then, more people joined to reach the number of 10 people. But Groovy Nations, it is far from being only focused on Funk music. Indeed, we adapted our music to our members, based on our various backgrounds.

 

 

1. First of all, where does your artist name come from?

We wanted to choose a name that would represent our music and the fact that we were from various backgrounds. “Groovy” for the groove we try to put everyday in the music we share with our fans to make it festive and rhythmic. “Nations” to underline our desire to fusion musical genres and languages but also to unite the world through a universal language, Music!

 

2. Your band is composed of 10 members from various origins who all brought their own personal touch to your music. When and how did you meet?

It started in 2009. Four of us (Simon, Florian, Antoine and Issam, childhood friends) decided to travel through the North of France to perform (mainly Rock music). Then, we wanted to challenge ourselves so we tried Funk music. It was an ambitious project and we needed more musicians. So Antoine, who was studying at the EF2M (A music school) at the time, asked several musicians from his school to join the project. And then, more people joined to reach the number of 10 people. But Groovy Nations, it is far from being only focused on Funk music. Indeed, we adapted our music to our members, based on our various backgrounds.

 

3. Groovy Nations, it’s a mixed music with various influences like reggae, soul or latino music expressed in five different languages (French, English, Créole, Kabyle, and Spanish). When most artists would stick to a specific music genre, why did you make the risky decision to exactly do the opposite?

While composing our songs during the first nine months of the project, we wanted to be faithful on a musical level. Words like “diversity”, “freedom”, “journey”, “energy”, “sharing” became our motto. It was only natural for us to choose to create a plural music. We aim to be authentic, to think out of the box. This difference is our own little treasure. We have faith in it and that’s all what matters !

 

4. Do you find it harder or easier to compose when your music is so eclectic?

With time, we achieved to create a real human and musical complicity. Most of our compositions start with an improvised jam session. It’s all about spontaneity and sensitivity. We let it go for a while and it becomes the roots of our music.

 

5.  You took part in many music festivals and got the chance to appear on television during the “France ô Folies” festival. How did this event change your career as a band? What is the next step?

We keep a very good memory of this first media experience that allowed the public to know more about us and to have some credibility through the eyes of the professionals in the music industry.

 

6. You recently released your album “Don’t Stop Movin’” on Jamendo. We find again this “groove”, this  “joy” expressed through your music that makes us want to dance, but what are your songs really talking about? What are the main themes of this album?

With our first album we wanted to share with the public our vision of human values on a daily basis : respect, unity, friendship, solidarity, love, spirituality, hope and happiness.

 

7. You chose to offer your music for free download under Creative Commons licenses. Why did you make this decision? Do you think it is important nowadays to share music more freely?

 

Being an emerging band, it was important for us to quickly become more notorious and giving away our first album for free was an essential part of the process. We think that, nowadays, music needs to be more accessible to the public so that fans will want to come to the concerts. That’s what keep us going!

 

8. Is there a fun fact about you that your fans would be surprised to hear?

As our drummer usually says (but also a famous phone brand) : “Groovy Nations, Connecting People!”

 

3. Groovy Nations, it’s a mixed music with various influences like reggae, soul or latino music expressed in five different languages (French, English, Créole, Kabyle, and Spanish). When most artists would stick to a specific music genre, why did you make the risky decision to exactly do the opposite?

 

While composing our songs during the first nine months of the project, we wanted to be faithful on a musical level. Words like “diversity”, “freedom”, “journey”, “energy”, “sharing” became our motto. It was only natural for us to choose to create a plural music. We aim to be authentic, to think out of the box. This difference is our own little treasure. We have faith in it and that’s all what matters !

 

 

4. Do you find it harder or easier to compose when your music is so eclectic?

 

With time, we achieved to create a real human and musical complicity. Most of our compositions start with an improvised jam session. It’s all about spontaneity and sensitivity. We let it go for a while and it becomes the roots of our music.

 

 

5. You took part in many music festivals and got the chance to appear on television during the “France ô Folies” festival. How did this event change your career as a band? What is the next step?

 

We keep a very good memory of this first media experience that allowed the public to know more about us and to have some credibility through the eyes of the professionals in the music industry.

 


Groovy Nations, Connecting People !

Groovy Nations' drummer

 

 

6. You recently released your album “Don’t Stop Movin’” on Jamendo. We find again this “groove”, this “joy” expressed through your music that makes us want to dance, but what are your songs really talking about? What are the main themes of this album?

 

With our first album we wanted to share with the public our vision of human values on a daily basis : respect, unity, friendship, solidarity, love, spirituality, hope and happiness.

 

 

7. You chose to offer your music for free download under Creative Commons licenses. Why did you make this decision? Do you think it is important nowadays to share music more freely?

 

Being an emerging band, it was important for us to quickly become more notorious and giving away our first album for free was an essential part of the process. We think that, nowadays, music needs to be more accessible to the public so that fans will want to come to the concerts. That’s what keep us going!

 

 

8. Is there a fun fact about you that your fans would be surprised to hear?

 

As our drummer usually says (but also a famous phone brand) : “Groovy Nations, Connecting People!”