Published on November 15 2013

Michael Ellis : "When people tell you to stop humming, never obey"

 

1. Could you tell us a little more about your artist name and your debut as an artist (any fun anecdote about your debut)?


I have been a big fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus for ages and the only episode I haven't been able to figure out (even after at least twenty times watching) is titled "Michael Ellis". It is so crazy and strange that I felt it would be fun to include myself into it some way. That's it. Also I played my first gig at the age of eleven and it was so horrible, I had to change the name anyway.. But seriously, I was playing in a punk rock band several years ago and at some point I realized that my songs had become dangerously pop for the local punk rock scene. That's when I decided to carry on as a solo artist and I have enjoyed the musical freedom that comes with it ever since.



2. For our readers who have never heard your music, explain it in 5 adjectives.


Melodic
Thoughtful
Beatles-inspired
Sarcastic
That's five, right?
 

 

3. If I borrowed your ipod right now, what artists would I find in the recently played list?


'A', Bad Religion, Big Big Train, Jason Mraz, Spock's Beard



4. You just released your album on Jamendo. What stories and messages are you trying to convey through it ?


The latest real album called "The Miracle" is about many changes in my life and my way of thinking. There are several songs that carry messages and some are narrating moments I remember. I think one of the main motives is the slow-motion observation of an intense, fast happening incident.


My music generally reflects on my life at the time of the recording/writing. So that varies heavily with each album. If you were to ask me about a trend I'd say it definitely gets more positive and, at the same time, also more sarcastic to some extent...
 

 

Michael Ellis : "When people tell you to stop humming, never obey"

 

5. What would be your best advice on how to compose a song and what’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?


My favourite part is the moment you feel yourself entering the flow. As I am writing a lot of music right at the time of the recording, it begins each time I see a song start a life of its own. This happens almost with every production at some point as I never practise any instrumental parts before the recording.. Then the song basically writes itself the moment it is recorded.

My best advice would be not to overthink anything except for the middle part. That can't be given enough thought because it isn't absolutely essential to the song.. Also always keep a recording device next to the shower ! And when people tell you to stop humming, never obey. Once you lose a melody it is hard to recover. Always have something to write on you.



6. What’s your favorite song to belt out in your car/shower/bedroom, at the bar or for karaoke?


'Just Like Paradise' as interpreted by 'A'. In the car. Definetly.
 

 

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

 

This decision I make for two reasons. Firstly the idea of people listening to my music, other than myself, is a really nice thought. Secondly, it is the best way of getting the songs out there. What good is music when nobody can hear it, right? I'd rather be listened to and poor than just plain poor..



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


Hum, I once covered myself and almost got sued by somebody else for it... a strange world this is..

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Interviews

Published on November 8 2013

MMO : "I am striving for the purest self-expression possible."

 

1. Could you tell us a little more about your artist name and your debut as an artist (any fun anecdote about your debut)?


MMO is simply the initials of my birth name.  Back in college, our group of friends had specialized computer login usernames that were assigned to us, and it incorporated your first, middle, and last name initials.  We started addressing each other by the three initials instead of our first names, and the nickname stuck.  It was around this time that I began creating music armed with only a guitar, cassette four-track recorder, and drum machine.  I managed to put together a collection of tunes, and MMO seemed like the logical choice to call myself at the time.  Who knew I would end up being confused with Massive Multi-Player Online or Music Minus One?!!

 

 

2. For our readers who have never heard your music, how would you explain it and who are your main musical influences?

If I had to explain my music in a few words, they would be "Rawking, Fun, Quirky, Guitars! Guitars! Guitars!, Genre-Blender". My main influences are Devin Townsend, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Van Halen.

 

MMO : "I am striving for the purest self-expression possible."

 

3. You just released your album on Jamendo. What stories and messages are you trying to convey through it ?


With each collection of songs, I am always striving for the purest self-expression possible.  Whatever recent struggles and observations that happen to be on my mind when I create music, no matter how trivial, tend to permeate and shape the sound and message.  I’m not really trying to convey anything in particular, other than thoughts and feelings that I selfishly feel compelled to purge.  However, I do try to steer myself towards subject matter or perspectives that I’ve never quite heard in any song before.
 

 

4. What would be your best advice on how to compose a song and what’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?


The biggest piece of advice I would give any songwriter is that there are NO RULES!   If you follow your heart and are true to yourself, any form of self expression, musically or otherwise, is completely valid. My favorite part of it all is the moment (after many hours of hard work) you realize you’ve created something that (hopefully) doesn’t suck!!  I also love the fact that you’ve created something that previously never existed in the world.

 

MMO : "I am striving for the purest self-expression possible."

 

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

By sharing my music for free and without much restriction, I increase the opportunities for my music to be heard and enjoyed.
 

 

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

Some fans may not know that I have an extensive background in television.  I contributed two seasons worth of music to a cult classic comedy/horror series called “Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil”.  If you’re a fan of stoner humour meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer you should definitely check out this awesome show!

 

 

 

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Published on #Interviews

Published on November 6 2013

Introducing Jamendo 2.0 app for iOS !

 

 

The Jamendo iPhone application allows free access to more than 400,000 songs from our catalog - all published under Creative Commons licenses. With our selections, you can always listen to albums, songs and the most popular artists. A search function allows you to easily find the artist, title or album you want to hear.

 

 

Ten Jamendo radio stations are also available from any iPhone or iPad, and feature genres such as Lounge, Rock, Electro, Hip Hop, World, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Best of Jamendo, and Singer/Songwriter. Registered members can login via the web or mobile and always find their favorite artists and albums showing their username. The application is available for free !

 

 

    

 

What's new?
 


- New radio channels
- New user interface
- possibility to download tracks
- Connect your account to retrieve your favorites and bookmarked songs!

 

 

What are you waiting for? Get it now for free on the App Store ! 

 

 

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Published on #Features, #News

Published on November 5 2013

Stephane TV : "None of us had instrument lessons"

 

Stephane TV is one of these DIY rock bands that you know will succeed : Constantly seeking innovation in their music by playing with textures and genres, the italian band released a set of three EPs on Jamendo that will have you convinced. The original members came from various musical backgrounds : Heavy metal for Giuseppe and Claudio, Techno music that he played in rave parties for William (along with a passion for Soul, Blues and Brit-pop), HC for Giovanni, and Sludge-stoner music for Cosimo.

 

They eventually grew up founding themselves in love with post-rock and decided to put together a band who had the instrumental beauty of post-rock ridings and the vocal charm of american and english pop-rock hits. The Swedish Band Logh became their main influence. When Cosimo left the band, they welcomed Alessandro Emmi who also added his own personal touch to the band’s music.

 

 

 

 

The result is a talented cocktail of soft guitar solos, poetry in the lyrics, very beautiful male vocals and rock beats : A soothing but powerful music for the heart and soul. The tree Eps of StephaneTV are radically different and that’s what creates the beauty of it all. One thing is certain : You will hear more and more about these guys in the future, they seem to have a promising one !

 

 

If the band struggled at the beginning with two guitarists abandonning the project (Rocco whose garage music and influences as well as Gibson guitar parts can be found in the very first release; and Cosimo who contributed to the second and third EPs), they managed to build a new confidence after they found Alessandro Emmi, their current guitarist, and decided to write new songs and release those long forgotten takes left on hold on a hard drive.

 

 

William went back to the studio for mixing, the band found a newborn label and, since there were two different souls in the album, decided to go for a double EP inspired by the music of The National, Radiohead (II ep), Palace and Owen (III ep). The band now has new influences and is working on a new project scheduled for this winter.
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William went back to the studio for mixing, the band found a newborn label and, since there were two different souls in the album, decided to go for a double EP inspired by the music of The National, Radiohead (II ep), Palace and Owen (III ep). The band now has new influences and is working on a new project scheduled for this winter.

 

As for the songwriting process, they told Jamendo : "We have two different approaches when composing: things can start up with a jam session or one of us shows up one morning with a new idea ad exposes it to the band. Both ways pass through evaluation from all members, a lot of evaluation, sometimes too much. We are not instinctive on composing, we consider every possible structure of a song, we try it with hard guitars or shiny arpeggios, with complicated or simple drumming and so on… and then we mash up to find what we like best."

 

 

We're quite instinctive in playing our instruments: none of us has taken lessons on his instrument !

Stephane TV

 

 

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Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Stories

Published on November 5 2013

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Published on #Videos