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THE SOULCHOONZ STORY

Thursday, 27 May 2010 14:30 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

THE SOULCHOONZ STORY

In a few short years, North West-based SOULCHOONZ has established itself as a major player on the UK modern soul scene. The company is also having a big impact Stateside, where head honcho DI LEE has been working with the legendary TONY CAMILLO on a number of exciting projects. We felt it was time to catch up with Ms LEE to find out more ... but we started by asking her what exactly Soulchoonz is. Is it a record label, a promotion company, a production company, a web-based music magazine or a radio programme maker?

"Soulchoonz is all of the above ... we're a passionate company that supports soul music from around the world (we have worked with artists from countries including; USA, Canada, UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany and Australia) with all these activities to get the artists know and the choonz out there!"

 

MINDI ABAIR ... IN FULL STEREO

Monday, 24 May 2010 07:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MINDI ABAIR ... IN FULL STEREO

US sax star MINDI ABAIR releases her latest album - 'In Hi Fi Stereo' - in June. The Florida-raised, LA-based jazzer has used the album to re-visit the music that was such a big influence on her back in the day - specifically, the soul sounds and funk grooves of the 60s and 70s. Investigation reveals a feel good album with a big, happy vibe and though the 60s and 70s provide the launch pad for the album, the music it totally contemporary. Intrigued, www.soulandjazzandfunk.com wanted to know more, so we hooked up with MINDI on her recent visit to London and soon we were learning about her background and influences.....

"I grew up on the road with my father's band, the Entertainers. They played a kind of blue-eyed soul. I grew up in Florida and I was really into music - everything from R&B to the Rolling Stones and even the Police! I played in the school band but didn't really find out what jazz was till High School. At college I started to listen to Wayne Shorter, Cannonball Adderley, David Sanborn and Miles Davis. I ended up at Berklee College of Music in Boston where I took my degree but most of all I remember my sax teacher telling me to start my own band and never try to be someone else. I moved out to Los Angeles and spent nearly ten years doing all kinds of things. I played on the road with people like the Backstreet Boys, Bobby Lyle and Jonathan Butler and when times were hard I even busked on the street... down on 3rd. Street Promenade. I made my first album in 1999... It was a kind of pop vocal thing... from there my recordings became more instrumental and I eventually ended up signing with Verve, though now, of course, I'm signed to Heads Up... the label for the new album."

 

COME AND GET IT WITH ELI REED

Friday, 14 May 2010 13:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

COME AND GET IT WITH ELI REED

One of 2010's best soul albums so far has been 'Come And Get It' from Boston's ELI 'PAPERBOY' REED. The music's passion and commitment has found favour right across the spectrum from died-in-the-wool soul anoraks right through to straight-down-the-middle Radio 2 listeners. Indeed the album was "Record Of The Week" on the station - quite an accolade for music that was also being played in underground, esoteric soul clubs. ELI has just finished a long UK tour and we just had to speak with him. We began with the obvious question about that "paperboy" nickname...

"Well, my grandfather, back in Boston, used to always wear what we in the US call a paperboy hat.... I'd wear it too and was given that nickname at an early age and it kinda stuck and I've never thought of dropping it...."

 

ANGIE STONE TALKS...

Friday, 29 January 2010 03:14 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

ANGIE STONE TALKS...

Soul diva-turned-actress, ANGIE STONE, releases a new album, 'Unexpected,' in the UK at the beginning of February via Stax Records. Although it's only Stone's fifth long player under her own name - her debut was 'Black Diamond' back in 1999 - the 48-year-old singer/songwriter originally from Columbia, South Carolina, has, in fact, been an ever-present figure in the recording industry since 1980 when she was a member of a female rap trio.

In a recent interview with www.soulandjazzandfunk.com's Charles Waring, the neo-soul doyenne talked in depth about her formative years in the music business.

 

HOPE'S STILL HIGH

Friday, 27 November 2009 10:53 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HOPE'S STILL HIGH

One of the best indie soul albums of recent years is 'Hopes Too High' from MARCELL AND THE TRUTH. The band are back with a new collection - 'Symbols' - and leader, MARCELL RUSSELL graciously invited us to discover a little about life at the sharp end of the indie soul scene. www.soulandjazzandfunk.com accepted, and started by asking how well 'Hopes Too High' had actually done….

Considering on that first album most of our exposure was as a result of MySpace, just building an email base and performances, we did pretty good. We sold close to 5,000 hard copies and 10,000 digital downloads. We either won or were nominated for over 12 independent music awards for 'Hopes Too High'. But we found out that we lost easily more than $50,000 from illegal downloads, many of which was in the 'Steppers dance' community. We appreciate their support, but we saw endless tables at shows in Detroit, Chicago, Phoenix, Maryland, Washington DC, and LA that were selling at least 100-200 CDs at each Steppers performance and our music was on 7-8 out of 10 of the Mix CDs created. We found out our music was placed on many dance instructional/training CDs illegally with no licensing agreement drawn up or signed by me/us. So, we learned since then the need for legal support, publishing and proper licensing. Through all the good, bad and ugly we saw we had a product that was worth selling and marketing …nationally and internationally.

 

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