‘Donna, you’re going to be very, very famous’

How often is it when your first performance as an artist happens to be a last minute replacement for the real act who fails to show up. You sing, you cry, you make the audience cry and you hear a voice as if god is saying ……’Donna, you’re going to be very, very famous’!

It is not often that an artist hears god say these words very early in life. But Donna Summers (Ladonna Adrian Gaines), born on December 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts was born only to sing. As her mother recalls, “She literally loved to sing. She used to go through the house singing, singing. She sang for breakfast and for lunch and for supper.”

A musical career spanning three decades, Donna summers brought her first album `lady of the night ‘in 1974. With this album, she found success in Europe but it was what started as an idea, a phrase canned by her `love to love you baby’ that made her truly arrive. By early 1976, “Love to Love You Baby” had reached #2 on the US Billboard Top 100, while the album sold over a million copies. The song had its share of controversies but who could have stopped this superstar. Her subsequent albums Love Trilogy and Four seasons of Love went gold in the US.

Such is the impact of Donna Summers and her music that we find her music sampled by several music icons. The song “I Feel Love” has been sampled by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Moloko, Britney Spears, Robbie Williams, Darren Hayes, Mylo, David Guetta, Stuart Price and Moby among others

Her music has enthralled fans through the 70’s, 80’s 90’s and the new millennia. Starting with ‘love to love you baby’ in ’76 to the dance chart topper single ‘to Paris with love’ in 2011, Donna Summers has always featured on the top in charts and playlists across the globe. This winner of 5 Grammy awards, 12 Grammy nominations, 12 gold singles, 6 American music awards and more than a billion hearts, we are sure has won God’s heart as well !

DONNA SUMMERS (Dec 31st 1948 – May 17th 2012) – ArtistAloud says `Thank you’ to this legend of music!

Donna Summers Top 10 songs:

  • MacArthur Park
  • Love to love you baby
  • I Feel Love
  • She works hard for the money
  • Last Dance
  • Hot Stuff
  • On the Radio
  • Bad Girls
  • This time I know it’s for real
  • Unconditional love
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Independent Music – Why does it work ?

In our country, when we listen to a song on TV, Radio or on the Internet, it stays in our mind.This is not because a particular song is good or bad, it is a result of the media exploiting our inquisitive mind by feeding a particular song to our ears till they don’t start bleeding and it just goes on and on. One song comes in, it is played till you forcibly don’t accept it and once you accept it, they bring out another one! The audience today has become a zombie republic, immune to any torture.

Now comes the question, when we have become immune, why is it that when we hear an unknown song by an unknown artist, there is a feeling of something new, something unexplored? These songs or artists are not popular in the main stream media; neither do their music videos feature superstars. So what makes this kind of music work?

The answer to this is right within us. These unknown songs and artists represent a `freedom’ and `independence’ that we all seek from our daily doze of mundane and zombie media consumption. We all have become immune to pollution but who doesn’t welcome a breath of fresh air? The freedom, independence, freshness, uniqueness and a sense of mystery that independent music brings in is what makes it work.

ArtistAloud Artist Speak – Composing with Modern Mafia

So there are a hundred different ways one can go about creating a song. The processes that come into play are different with every artist, and what you are about to read is the convoluted manner in which we make our music. We believe that the Artist’s personality comes across in any activity/composition that the artist does, which is why listening to someone’s original music is a true reflection of the kind of artist/musician/person they are. As much as we hate to admit it, we (at Modern Mafia) are a bunch of random, happy, ADD afflicted individuals; and we believe that as much as we try and hide it, it comes across in our music. Anyway, we’ll get to that later. First, how we go about composing.

The beginning of a composition is the most varied part. As you’ve probably heard/read artists say, a song can start off from anywhere. All you need is one good idea to set the process going. This can be absolutely anything from a riff the guitarist makes at home to a melody the vocalist thought up while riding his bike (You get the idea). Any instrument used in the band can start off a song; what generally defines a band is what they decide to do with the idea. For example, we were working on completing the song ‘Daylight’ and Ishaan was trying to compose a layer for the chorus of the song. He came up with a beautiful riff, which sounded great on it’s own, but didn’t somehow mix well with the rest of the track. We liked the riff so much that we decided to base a new song around it, and the new song is the last track off our EP (FX or nothing).

But what is the next step after the initial idea is in place? Well, we see what direction we want to take the song in and we apply that theme to what we already have. This is the part most difficult to put into words, because the process has no fixed method. What we try to do is apply our musical sentiments to the idea and make the song ours. While that sounds extremely cliche, it is the part that defines a bands sound. It is basically the transfer of ideas from an individual in the band to the entire band. Often, we get stuck here and end up wasting a valuable amount of time figuring out what to do and trying to plan the next part of the song. At these times, we just plan what we’ve composed till then and just take the song further with the flow. Sometimes, the best  sections of a song fall into place in this manner.

Once we have the basic pattern of the song clear in our minds, we record a rough version of it and take this back home. We each individually listen to the song over and over again and try to fill in what’s missing or correct any part we don’t like. This is the honing/fine-tuning part of the process, and can take anything from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks and is an invaluable part of the process. After all the corrections and the changes, we keep repeating this part of the process until we are satisfied with the outcome, and voila! Song is composed and ready!

From our EP (Random Sheep), the first and the last tracks are the ones that we have made completely in this manner. The middle two tracks are the happy pop-punk songs, and the other two show our chaotic, ADD styled side. Although we have separate styles in our EP, one can always hear the connect between every song, and this is the most important part of composition. The music must flow not only within a single song, but also from one song to another.

Anyway, thank you for bearing with our views on composing and life in general! Check our music out at the following links, cheers!

(link to EP on AA) – http://www.artistaloud.com/artists/Modern-Mafia/94327

(link to Facebook) – https://www.facebook.com/#!/modernmafiaindia

The Adventures of ArtistAloud – Treasure Chest

ArtistAloud wants to share an awesome adventure experience with you all!

We found a piece of paper recently with some sort of directions and some clues which didn’t make sense at all. It had clues like `I am a religion in this country’ and `I am a rockstar, everyone from Rahman to Justin Beiber is stinking rich courtesy me’!!

The paper also had a zig zag route with all kinds of fiery, scary, monstrous obstacles and at the end of this route was a big sealed box which said `hey  ,you there, can you get here and help us get out of this box’? We then realized that the piece of paper was actually a treasure map with a `TREASURE CHEST’, waiting to be opened!!!! We immediately put on our Sherlock Holmes coats and Dr Watson hats and immediately questions started popping up in our heads – `But what do those clues suggest? What could be inside the TREASURE CHEST?’

Images of what could be `religion in this country’ and who could be this `rockstar ’ started flashing in our heads and it didn’t take us long before….. WE CRACKED THE CODE!! HOW SIMPLE CAN IT BE? Ok, let us tell you…..

Guys, in a secular country like ours, there is only one religion….`CRICKET’ !!

And of course, the rockstar who’s responsible for making millionaires out of everyone, from Rahman to Justin Beiber……` MUSIC’ !!!

Whoever thought of locking these two surely picked the wrong guy!! Without wasting a second we put on our ArtistAloud superhero suits and rushed to the rescue! Going through the zig zag route, wading off fiery, scary, monstrous obstacles, we finally reached the TREASURE CHEST!! And Just like in the movies, where the hero always gets the gal, we broke the shackles, and unlocked the treasure of CRICKET and MUSIC!!!

But that’s not it guys… Coz Part 2 of this awesome adventure starts now! All this month ArtistAloud is going to take you on an adventure of Music and cricket!

First, ArtistAloud takes you on a Cricket adventure with the ArtistAloud Premier league, where 13 awesome artists bring you 13 awesome cricket anthems .Pick and choose from this amazing compilation of cricket songs to support your favorite T20 team. Just when you are left wanting for more, ArtistAloud takes you on a musical adventure with some fresh, new, amazing independent music  !Tune in to our `treasure chest top 10’ every week and pamper your ears on the Music and Cricket treasure!

Open the Treasure chest, live the Cricket and Music adventure all this month only and only on ArtistAloud.com

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EKA Speaks

From the clapping of the hands, the snapping of the fingers, to the tapping of your feet, from the rhythm of your heart beat, the melody that proceeds out of your soul through the whistling, to the voice reaching out to entertain people…there’s music all around us, in everything…. Is music the greatest gift from God ?

Peace in the midst of turmoil,
Hope in the midst of despair,
Salvation for the lost,
Healing for the dying,
Abundance for those in need….
….music has the power to connect, touch and change the lives of millions the world over.

That is why when a KK sings Tadap Tadap your moment freezes, or you fall in love all over again when you hear Shreya Ghosal or Celine Dion  sing, you live every emotion as you hear Joe Satriani  wail and weep on his guitar, you know you’ve witnessed an epic if you’ve seen the late Michael Jackson perform. The Beatles’ mania, the timelessness of Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy’s music, the intricate compositions & elaborate arrangements of AR Rehman’s music traverse eras.

The music is always greater than the musician. We are all but a medium and every heartsong weaves a new world, with each strum, each note revealing an expression unique.
With so many styles, forms and genres to get inspired from and even more to learn from, why put any boundaries on a medium that has the power to connect people irrespective of language, religion, age or background ?

And as the world now comes to live as one, it falls upon us to create music which is Swatantra and meaningful to people all across the globe.

Eka coined the term Swatantra Rock to categorise its music. It means music beyond music, time and boundaries. It means music
… which is born free
… with a purpose
… that has a feel of timelessness to it
… that knows no boundaries, geographical or that of the mind.

While composing & arranging a new song, EKA believes in going with the flow of music and developing it organically in a direction that the song demands.
For us as performers, stage is where our heart is and there’s nothing more exciting than to get on stage and play our music.

We feel blessed to be on our journey to achieving this common dream with Eka.

Benny,Hitesh and Lokesh
Eka

Give mother Earth an online Hug with ArtistAloud and Eka

Beauty, Compassion, Seasons, Moods, Prayer, Special Element X – The five `plus one special’ Elements of Mother Earth – These encompass all that is needed to survive in this Creation. Without any one of the five, the Earth would cease to exist. The Five Elements are basic, but the knowledge surrounding them runs deep. It is our job as humans to balance, protect and spread these elements.

But when any of these 5 elements are out of balance, disease, stress, violence, depression, lack of clarity and unhappiness can occur.

This Earth day, Eka shows you the 5 elements through 5 songs that applaud, salute, pay a tribute and above all, they put their arms around mother Earth and say `yes mother, don’t worry, we are there for you!’

–          5 elements, 5 songs, 1 big hug for mother Earth  –

Beauty of mother EarthShe’s beautiful (There is only one Earth)

Compassion for mother EarthThe Earth Care Pledge Song

Seasons of mother EarthEarth Care Theme Song – Part 1

Moods of mother EarthEarth Care Theme Song – Part 2

 

Prayer for mother EarthDharti Hamari

Element X – ?

 

Are you wondering what the 6th special element x is?  Uncover this most special `Element X’ with ArtistAloud.

Element X is `you ’

This week on our top ten ,ArtistAloud and Eka bring you songs that speak about and for our mother earth .Download the songs and then, add the element x, the ‘you element’ on our facebook page, `like’ us or just post `hug’ on our wall to create the ArtistAloud online hug for mother earth! 

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