Published on October 31 2013

Chuck Mason : "Fans produce an unparalleled euphoria"

 

1. When did you start making music and how? Any fun anecdote about your debut as a hip hop artist?


I started composing music in the late 90's.  A couple friends of mine and I formed a Christian Rap trio named "Nu Testament Cru". We slowly made the transition to composing secular music.  My friends took a liking to song writing and production and went on to co-produce and co-write the 4x Platinum single "How To Love" by Lil' Wayne. I took a different route and focused on my career as a hip-hop artist.


2. Who are your main musical influences and how would you describe your music ?


Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas, and Common have been my main musical influences over the last decade. If I had to use 5 adjectives to describe my music, I would say : Genuine, Poetic, Regal, Informative, and Intruiging.
 

Chuck Mason : "Fans produce an unparalleled euphoria"Chuck Mason : "Fans produce an unparalleled euphoria"Chuck Mason : "Fans produce an unparalleled euphoria"


3. Where does your album name come from and what is the meaning of your cover artwork?


Summer's Eulogy is the second installment in "The Darkness Trilogy."  The first project was a mixtape entitled "The Blackout."  I knew I wanted my second project to be an LP comprised of original material and I wanted a simple title that stood out from they typical album titles and also something that was nearly synonymous with "The Blackout."  I originally wanted to go with "Winter Solstice" the title didn't go over so well with my team.
I liked the idea of "Winter Solstice" : it seemed celestial and it gave off the feeling of a natural occurrence of a blackout.  After juggling different ideas I finally stumbled upon a title I loved "Summer's Eulogy."

The album cover contains the Egyptian solar deity Osiris (center), his legitimate son Horus (left), and his bastard son Anubis (right). Without getting too deep into Egyptian mysteries and mythology these gods represent death (Osiris), burial (Anubis) and resurrection/rebirth (Horus). Given my fascination with Egyptian mythology, I figured what better way to illustrate summer's eulogy than the death of a solar deity.
 

 

 

 

 

4. You just released Summer's Eulogy on Jamendo, what are the themes of the album and what messages are you trying to convey through it?


Maturation and accountability are the most reoccurring themes on the album.  This album urges and encourages spiritual and intellectual growth in all humanity but there is a special charge to the African-American male to step up to the plate and require more from himself.



5. You seem to bear an interest in the illuminati movement, did it have any influence on your music?


Lol, not much if any.  I believe my interest in Abyssinia and Egypt tend to bring about taunting from my fan base that I am involved in the Illuminati. Instead of shying away from it, I embrace the absurd accusations and may even allude to those accusations from time to time.


6. You shot your first video, could you tell us a little more about this experience?


Shooting, directing, and editing my own music video was quite stressful and presented many challenges. By the end of the shoot (2AM) I managed to spill gasoline all over myself and inside my car.  It was definitely a learning experience.  Many people came out to show their love and support which made it all worth while.
 

 

 

 

7. What are the best memories you keep from your performances and why did you choose to upload your music on Jamendo for free legal download?


My best memories of my performances are the fans reaction and interaction. They produce an unparalleled euphoria. It's the best feeling in the world. The reason why I chose Jamendo is because it's a great tool for all artists.  At this point in my career, exposure is everything and Jamendo places my music in front of hundreds, potentially thousands of possible fans.


9. Is there a fun anecdote about you that you fans don't know and would be surprised to hear?


Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a performer. So much so that I made sure my studies and training were diverse. I've dabbled in martial arts, piano, dance, show choir, and poetry.

 

 

Discover Chuck Mason's music on Jamendo !

 

Published on October 29 2013

Supercomputer : Fresh Dubstep from Spain

Heavy beats with mesmerizing "wow" sound effects, that's the sweet musical cocktail of Supercomputer, a dubstep project from Spain. Its creator, Xevi Collado accepted to tell us a little more about his influences, sources of inspiration and music making process.

 

Xevi Collado's influences are wide : The energy of Skrillex, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5, the melodies of The Postal Service, Madeon, Daft Punk or Atoms for Peace, and the Rock of Muse, Radiohead, Alt-J, and Biffy Clyro (being a rock musician himself). In his albums, the artist tried to combinate energetic verses with a melodic chorus. His music is quite melancholic but energetic with a little brushtrokes of dream pop since his inspiration comes from human emotions like sadness, joy, anger, pain and the strange mix that they compose when brought together.

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

Supercomputer was born because he wanted to explore the relationship humans have with machines. After many hours spent searching for information about artificial intelligence, Xevi Collado found something about the apocalypse caused by robots. In this long text, he saw the word "Supercomputer" and said "That's what I want".


He mixed, mastered and produced in his studio. Being a member of two Rock bands, it was the first time he dared to do something electronic. Electronic and rock are not his only music styles, the artist's imagination has no boundaries.

 

Download Supercomputer's music legally for free on Jamendo and support the project on Facebook !

 

Published on October 29 2013

Free Download (track):
http://jamen.do/t/1045689

Free Download (album):
http://jamen.do/l/a123178

Artist Page:
http://jamen.do/a/435415

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

Written by JamendoTV

Published on #Videos

Published on October 25 2013

10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"

 

1. Your band name is quite original, could you tell us more about the 10 Code concept?


The name came from the ten-code system that was introduced to radio communications at the beginning of the 20th century. Firefighters and other people who transmitted radio signals used them, in order to describe as much information as possible, in very few words. Our moto is hidden behind this... Sometimes, fewer words can have stronger meaning! Don't babble pointlessly!! We also use our own ten-codes to symbolize things, situations and people. We have our handmade, secret list!


2. How did you meet and start as a band?


Well, back in time, three of us (Petros, Apostolos and Dimitris) have played before together. Dimitris used to play with Simos too, so there's... the connection!

 

10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"

 

3. You released your debut EP “the connection ep.”, what are the main themes and messages that you’re aiming to convey through this EP?

Music for us is a form of escape from what is bothering/troubling us. It's what helps us ''connect'' with what makes us feel closer to a better state of mind, to a better way of understanding and dealing with everyday situations. Thus the term ''the connection''. Everyone has their own way of dealing with things. Everyone has their own ''superman's cape'' to use whenever there is need to do so. You can say that we encourage people to let go, and get one step closer to whatever they truly want to be or feel, free from any burden whatsoever.

 

 

4. We’ve had a few talented artists from Greece like you, do you feel like the Greek music scene is getting more alive and diversified?


God bless the Internet! There have always been talented artists in the greek scene, but never really been appreciated! It is difficult to have an impact in our country by playing this kind of music. But in our days it's getting easier to expose yourself to any audience you want, so since there's talent... wait for the Greeks!

 

10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"

 

5. You’ve participated in big music festivals. What are the best memories you keep from these performances?

Lots of people and audiences with different musical taste! The best part is when you feel that you somehow managed to gain attention from people that are not really into the genre of your music.

 

 

6. Where does your inspiration come from? Who are your main musical influences?

It's mostly team work. We work each song together and this is the way the inspiration comes from: You can hear an idea of a bandmate and suddenly "see" the song from a totally different point of view! As for the musical influences, they are quite many: from Brit Pop to Heavy Metal and from New Wave to Stoner!

 

7. You chose to make your music available for free legal download on Jamendo. Which did you make this decision?


Music should be free for anyone. It's practically impossible to prevent piracy, anyway. If you work hard and manage to make your musical point, you can build a solid fan base that will support you. We really like Jamendo's way of treating music and loyalties. There's a good mentality behind this service and we are glad to be a part of it! 
 

 

10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"10 Code - "Music should be free for everybody"

 

8. Do you have a fun anecdote that your fans don’t know about and would be surprised to hear?

Yes, this is the first time we share this story! While in the process of deciding what the band's name will be, we had a tie! Two of us wanted "10 Code" and the other two, another name (we're not telling yet!). Like "10 Code", this other name also meant something to us. So, the decision was made by a... flipped coin!

 

 

 

 

Support the Band : 

 

Facebook : 10 Code, Twitter : @10CodeMusic, Official website : 10 Code Official

 

 

Download their album for free on Jamendo by clicking on :

 

 

 

 

Published on October 22 2013

Free Download (track):
http://jamen.do/t/603754

Free Download (album):
http://jamen.do/l/a69778

Artist Page:
http://jamen.do/a/2485

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

Written by JamendoTV

Published on #Videos