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Branching Out with Hotel of the Laughing Tree

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By Moe Tompkins

I caught up with Hotel of the Laughing Tree’s AJ Estrada to find out more about about the band. Here’s our conversation…

MT: How did you guys become ‘Hotel of the Laughing Tree?’ How did you meet? Is there a funny story behind it?

AE: No exceptionally funny story here. Brandon and myself had been playing together for years prior to starting Hotel. We started the band and played with the original lineup for three years before recruiting Fred and Dan Ardis (Drums & Bass). Shortly after they joined, we found our final missing piece, Jonathon Streker on keys. Our starting lineup, while best of friends, just could not work within each others schedules. It was pretty rough, and we recorded two albums before deciding to reform. When the Ardis clan joined, that was the single moment that the band actually felt right to me. It was a true “Aha!” moment. This is how we are supposed to sound. We all knew each other, and became friends via playing shows together around Long Island. Fred and Dan were in Tiger Riot, and both of our bands were actually signed to the same label for a while, but we just never tried making something together until 2011. To sum it up, we all met from playing shows together during our early 20s, but didn’t necessarily become “Hotel of the Laughing Tree’ until a few years down the line.

MT: In your own words, how would you describe your music? Who/what are your influences?

AE: To describe our music..well, on one hand it’s always changing from album to album, but  I think I just try to write interesting and catchy melodies that hit hard, feel good, and have solid instrumentation behind it. And I like to tell short stories, so that plays into it lyrically.

I’m also very conscious of making sure we aren’t repeating our own discography. Admittedly, I get bored  too easily, (and for the most part) I prefer having something fresh, something new to release, instead of rehashing from a stockpile of discarded demos and missing pieces. Some major influences of mine include Elliott Smith, Iron & Wine, Hayao Miyazaki, and Kurt Vonnegut.

MT: I always like to ask about the business. How long have you guys been together? Has it been hard? If so, what makes you hold on? Is music how you make your living or do you have day-jobs?

AE: The current lineup has been together for about three years now. The band as a whole, going on six. I would be lying to myself if I said it was easy. We’ve ran the gauntlet of the music industry, and I would like to say, came out rather unscathed on the other side. We experienced a short-lived, high level of success almost immediately in our music career (we took home an mtvU Woodie award in 2009), signed to a record label afterwards, and then everything came to a screeching halt. There’s an inside joke within the band about how after winning the MTV award,  we had a small window of opportunity and kind of closed it on ourselves. Or if not voluntarily, we saw it closing and nonchalantly looked the other way. Despite the ‘hard stuff’, I think we are pretty optimistic people. The music industry left us jaded, but that doesn’t mean we don’t keep trying to push ourselves further and grow as a band.

I can’t imagine myself NOT writing music. I think the business part is so far lost on me, where at this point, at the end of the day, I just want to be able to create, play, and record music with my friends. If people like it, we’ll play shows to whoever will have us. If not, that’s okay. Its all lots of fun, and I don’t think I could ever stop. The reality is that we don’t make nearly enough to sustain ourselves with the band. It’s always been a goal, but were all very much realists at this point in our lives. Everyone works full-time, and Hotel is very much a labor of love. So, for now, we’re okay with coughing up dust and delivering balloons to pay the bills.

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Maria Newman Photography

MT: What inspires you? What is your songwriting process like?

AE: Our influences and inspiration come from an amalgamation of our play time together and our own listening preferences. There is some overlap here and there, but It’s really a patchwork of styles and genres. Personally speaking, if this was a few years ago I would simply rattle off whatever top bands were on my iPod at the moment. But lately, I feel like I draw more inspiration from film, books, and visual art.

On songwriting

In the beginning, I would write and record a fully tracked and completed demo to show the band. We learned the parts, fine tuned it, and then recorded and released a slightly prettier version of it. And this was the process for the first three albums..so starting with Mammoth Skin Pt 2, I started to record very minimal acoustic demos. These are simply an acoustic guitar and my voice. While I still envision the full band arrangements in my head, I now prefer to present the bare bones demo to the band, and have us work and craft it together as a group.I love doing this because it gives the rest of the guys a much larger voice, and is a significantly greater collaborative effort. Its super cool knowing that we can all work together and turn the smallest idea into something to call our own and be proud of.

MT: Gotta ask…how did you come up with that band name?

AE: The name is simply a nod to the building where my grandparents met. I think its somewhere in Texas, near the Mexican border, but don’t quote me on that.

MT: Anything you wanna plug? Links to music videos? Big shows coming up?

AE: Our latest release, “Mammoth Skin Pt. 2”  is available here:

Hotel of the Laughing Tree on BandCamp

  We are currently working on new music, finished recording a few weeks ago and we’re currently in the mixing stage. Looking towards a Fall 2014 release.

    We have a show this Saturday (8/16) at the Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue. Playing with friends The Republic of Wolves, and Clockwork Kids. Should be tons of fun, and we may be doing something very special at that show in honor of Shrek week. SO COME ON DOWN, show starts at 10pm.  Just be careful because parking is tricky around there!

    Here is our latest video, its the opening track to our latest release. Acoustic performance featuring various childrens toys. 

MT: What are your thoughts about your “journey” so far? Insights? Successes? Failures? Regrets?

AE: The journey is super entertaining. Even though we’ve been a band for a while now, I feel like we’re just getting started. We’ve had countless ups and downs.Failures? Maybe Touring. We have been up and down the east coast countless times, and touring in a van is a necessary, hilarious, and dangerous beast.. at least in Hotels experience. Broken vans, no money, and cancelled shows seems to be part of the lifestyle, and we’ve definitely seen our fair share of setbacks.  But we’ll keep trying. I like to think of tour life as a challenge we’ve yet to conquer.

If I learned anything, its that no one is going to make you happy besides yourself. It took me a great long time to realize that nobody was going to sing my songs the way I wanted. I had to do it myself. And also, the fact that we’ve had a brief glance at success and never acted on it, or took it seriously. While I don’t regret that, I think it plays into the learning experience.

MT: In that same vein, do you have any advice for anyone looking to make music?

AE: (Deep Breath) Just do it. If you really really want to, and are true to yourself, you’ll find a way to make music. If it makes the terrible things in life just a tiny bit better, you’ll be okay. When I first started making music, I found it impossible to find like-minded people. None of my friends shared my musical taste, so I remember many nights scouring MySpace and Craigslist for singers, bassists, and drummers. Eventually I became fed up and realized that no one was going to bring my dream to fruition besides myself. I went online, learned how to use a DAW, recorded my nasally teenage voice, and stayed up till 5AM humming into my laptops microphone. This was a learning process, and this is how I joined my first band, created Hotel of the Laughing Tree, and made irreplaceable lifelong friends. So..if you feel it, do it. Between YouTube and Facebook, its easier than ever to connect with fellow musicians. I think its fun to be creative by yourself, but it really is something special to be able to share that with other like minded people who are working towards the same goal.

MT: Who do you guys listen to?

AE: Lately, I’ve been listening to the new Conor Oberst, The Rosebuds,and Spoon albums. Definitely some of my favorite new releases this year. Jon has been heavily into Ben Folds and Regina Spektor lately, and the rest of the guys range anywhere from Tom Waits to St. Vincent.

MT: I also like to ask fun questions. What are you watching on Netflix right now?

AE: Its all about Kitchen Nightmares for me. I could never get sick of Gordon Ramsay losing his shit in the name of Chicken Cordon Bleu. I know Jon has recently binged the entire series of LOST, so God bless his restless soul.

MT: What do you do when you’re not making music?

AE: I recently rediscovered painting. When I’m not working on songs, I’m either doodling in my sketch pad or working on a new illustration. Oh, and working a 9-5. We all do that.

MT: Favorite movie and/or TV series and why.

AE: Star Wars, The Lion King, The Life Aquatic, and Hook are among my top favorites. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for flawed hero characters with daddy issues.

Don’t miss your chance to see Hotel of the Laughing Tree live Monday night along with Alexa Dexa at the after party for our screening if “Frank” at Cinema Arts Centre 7pm Monday night August 18th! RSVP on Facebook here!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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The Quizzical World of Alexa Dexa

alexadexaphotoBy Jenna Weis

Childhood toys, whimsical sounds and visuals, and effortless singing are brought together by Alexa Dexa, who incorporates these unconventional components together to bring a whole new experience for her audiences. As an artist in every sense of the word, Alexa has concocted her very own genre of performance called “toychestral electronic pop” that involves the sounds of desk bells, a toy piano, and self-made electronic beats complimenting her self-written songs. This quirky performer engages all the senses in her performances and brings the concept of fantasy to life.

There is nothing typical about what is created by Alexa. Her instruments of choice spark a nostalgic note that brings us back to the simpler times of childhood, yet the mature content of her songs and soulful voice gives us something special not seen before. She says “My song-writing boasts some mature juxtapositions of words and concepts because I like to work in abstractions that have multi-dimensional meanings.” Recently her songs have a direct connection with the new sights and experiences she has encountered while being on tour, widening the variety of her song concepts. She says that “having a catalyst outside of myself helps me touch on subjects inside myself that might not have otherwise been realized.”
Of course, the most unexpected treats are the toys and child-like art installations done by Alexa herself, enhancing what she calls “sound worlds”. These worlds are inspired by the artist’s personality and aesthetics that appeal to her. She says the intent of combining her songs with her visual work is “to transport the audience into a bit of fantasy and to allow access to my music through a different avenue of perception.” The primary colors of the toys, graphic illustrative backdrops, and mellow tunes haul you into a serene and friendly environment all assembled from the mind of Alexa.

Her inventive creativity is what makes Alexa stand out in the areas of music, performance, and visual art as she blends these boundaries so seamlessly. Alexa will be performing her one-of-a-kind show Monday August 18th at 7PM, after the screening of “Frank” at the Cinema Arts Centre presented by SPARKBOOM™. RSVP on Facebook here.

For more on Alexa Dexa visit http://www.alexadexa.com/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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Christine Sweeney – Life is Music, Music is Life

sycamore 0113By Darryl Maraj

I first met Christine Sweeney two years ago when we both worked in a music store. I was behind the counter, and she taught lessons. During our breaks, Sweeney (which is what I solely knew her as) and I would talk mostly about crazy store patrons and Breaking Bad. But, whether it was the shortness of our breaks or because Breaking Bad was just that awesome, we never really talked about ourselves or our music. So, everything you’re about to read, I only learned a few hours before you.

Christine is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, where she majored in music theory and composition. According to Christine, one of her major accomplishments right now is being a full time musician- without having to work in retail anymore. “It’s a lot of work, but I can say that I’m doing what a love for a living,” said Christine, who now lives in Lindenhurst. She teaches lessons in voice, guitar and piano in studios as well as in homes. One of the bands she’s a part of is reggae band, Free Noise Brigade, where she sings backup vocals. However, Christine’s crown jewel and the focus of most of her time, effort and heart is her band – Christine Sweeney and the Dirty Stayouts. This is the project that allows Christine to show off the completeness her vocal prowess as well as her sycamore 9996astounding songwriting.

Christine’s music is a combination of acoustic rock’s rawness and power, with the sweet and memorable melodies of pop music. She draws many of her influences from artists such as Grace Potter, John Mayer, Regina Spektor and KT Tunstall. Songwriting for Christine usually starts in her car. While driving to her various jobs, or to gigs, Christine will hear a melody and immediately start creating lyrics to go along with them. I asked her was her lyrics were typically about. She said, “I draw from my own experience when writing… I have a lot of relationship songs, but also have ones about addiction, hope, wanting, wondering. I work out my inner demons through songs.” Christine Sweeney and the Dirty Stayouts’ newest album is going to be released towards the very end of August, so keep your ears to the ground on that one.

When Christine isn’t making music, she’s usually hanging out with friends, or relaxing at home. She also enjoys crafty things like drawing, knitting and photoshopping (mostly for gig posters and such).

For more on Christine Sweeney, you can visit her website or her Facebook page. And if the internet just isn’t enough, you can catch her performing live at SPARKBOOM’s ArtSpace Unplugged, at 20 Terry St, Patchogue, NY 11772, from 6-10 PM. She goes on at 6:30 PM.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Darryl Maraj graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Education. At Five Towns, he worked with the great vocal professional and renowned educator, Stephen C. Pagano in jazz, classical, Broadway and pop styles of singing. Currently, Darryl splits his time between his job at the Islip School District, his church- where he is the Music Coordinator, and his band, Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When taking a break from music, Darryl likes to draw, play video games and attempt cooking.

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DAVID WONG TURNS MAINSTREAM MUSIC UPSIDE DOWN (ON HIS VIOLIN!)

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Most kids growing up have dabbled with an instrument or two for the school band/orchestra or as an after school activity, but not many have completely reinvented how it is played or experienced as David Wong has done. After 23 years of mastering his skills on the violin David has taken the craft to another level, by manipulating an instrument traditionally used for a classical sound to cover popular songs of the present times. Whether solo or in collaboration with other musicians, his magical touch of these songs is truly something to see.

What started out as a childhood past time has become a professional endeavor for185766_10151357528753491_2015663667_n David. Playing Carnegie Hall and other orchestras as a traditional violinist, to performing with “Postmodern Jukebox” on Good Morning America as what he calls himself a “genre mixing violinist” speaks volumes on his talents. By taking these popular songs we all hear EVERYDAY on the radio David makes them fresh, fun, and different. As if you are hearing them for the first time from a different perspective. Sometimes from a more classical angle, other times with a more rock and roll feel. He says “It excites me to put my own spin on these songs that have made their way into the general public’s ears and turn them upside down, sometimes making songs people hate into ones they love.” David’s love for music originates from watching 20th century violinists. It was how they “acrobatically leap up and down the violin on video as a kid was jaw dropping” he says.

553825_611147303781_1299815_nHis covers including “Happy”-Pharrell, “Wrecking Ball”-Miley Cyrus, “Drunk in Love”- Beyonce, and more can be seen on his website http://davidwongviolin.com/. You will be amazed with his violin loop covers of these songs, even the ones you think you cannot stand! David will also be performing at SPARKBOOM’s Sound Buffet event on Sunday July 20th from 6:30-10PM at the Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park in Huntington. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see a passionate artist in the flesh.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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Coffee Shop Confessional with Rorie Kelly

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Photo Credit: Tiger Darson

By: Moe Tompkins

I had the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee with acoustic rocker, Rorie Kelly. If you haven’t heard of Rorie, well, you’re going to. Originally from Bayville, Rorie recently moved back to Long Island from Brooklyn, citing the amount of work she was getting here, and more importantly the warmth and familiar nature of the creative community as two huge factors in that decision. Rorie is what we-in-the-industry call “a working musician”. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But she’s doing it! But if being a working musician were easy, we’d all do it.

Most describe Rorie as sounding like Janice Joplin or Alanis Morisette. Her raw, soulful vocals are the perfect conduit to carry her particularly personal style of song-writing. Anybody looking for music with meaning, look no further. Even though her music generally carries a message, it doesn’t come off as preachy or lofty – which for me anyway, is a huge plus. There are too many acoustic guitar players out there that are just way too….I digress. Lately she derives her inspiration from a desire to connect. Her aim these days is to write inspirational music; music less about her personal experience and more so about the general human one – a sort of soundtrack of your life. And it sounds like she’s pretty much hitting the nail on the head. Check out her single If you Teach a bird to Sing, It. Is. Everything.

On a lighter, more personal note, for anybody who has ever wondered, Rorie is a really cool person to hang with. A self-described sci-fi geek, she particularly enjoys watching Star Trek when she has the time. Her musical tastes include; Ohio indie band, Red, Wanting Blue, and Australian musician, Kate Miller Heidke. Her advice to aspiring singers and songwriters? I’m paraphrasing but…

Keep doing it if you’re serious, but be serious. When we’re young, adults tell us that we can be anything, and then tell us to be ‘reasonable’ when we’re applying for college programs. If you have a dream that is that important to you, go for it, because nobody is responsible for your happiness but you.

Well said, Rorie.

Rorie Kelly will  be performing at SPARKBOOM‘s 2014 KICKOFF EVENT – “Beards, Bards and BOOM” on Saturday, June 21st, at The Walt Whitman Birthplace. For more info, visit sparkboom.org. RSVP to our FB event here.

Visit Rorie at roriekelly.com and facebook.com/roriekellymusic.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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MEET THE TEAM – OUR BLOGGERS ARE ON THE BEAT!

As a new, exciting season arrives in the SPARKBOOMTM world, we are proud to have a team of talented writers who are in-tune with Long Island’s emerging, creative talent….So, without further ado, meet our bloggers:

ImageJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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Darryl Maraj graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Education. At Five Towns, he worked with the great vocal professional and renowned educator, Stephen C. Pagano in jazz, classical, Broadway and pop styles of singing. Currently, Darryl splits his time between his job at the Islip School District, his church- where he is the Music Coordinator, and his band, Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When taking a break from music, Darryl likes to draw, play video games and attempt cooking.

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Steven T. Licardi (The Sven-Bo!) is the author of “Death By Active Movement” (Local Gems Press, 2013) and is a spoken word poet, actor, artist, and public speaker from West Islip, NY. Steven uses his many projects to raise awareness of social issues, for advocacy, and as a means to educate others to be compassionate. He hosts as blog called “Cross My Heart And Hope To Write” that explores the relationship between love, beauty, and the human condition. Find out where he will be performing next at TheSvenBo.com.

ImageErin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

Be on the lookout for fresh, weekly articles from our Bloggers, as they cover the local scene and expose the best talent that Long island has to offer!

– SB

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Meet SPARKBOOM Music Bloggers Collin Richardson and Raj Tawney

As a ImagePart of SPARKBOOM’s Initiative, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Collin Richardson and I’m a musician. More specifically, I’m a predominately jazz trombonist, though I do dabble in classical ensembles. This past weekend, my Jazz sextet “ALCO™” recorded its first official demo. “ALCO” was founded between myself, the “CO”, and a very talented guitar player from Oceanside, Alex Frondeli, the “AL”. What started as a “lets-play-together-sometime” conversation at a rehearsal for the Nassau Suffolk Jazz Ensemble under the direction of the timeless William Katz, somehow flourished into a six piece consisting of drums, bass, trumpet, sax, and of course, trombone and guitar. The other members of the group include Jess Klirsfeld (trumpet), Anthony Abate (sax), Andy Dill (bass), and Jeremy Klewicki (drums). Four of us are seniors in high school, Anthony and Alex are juniors. We were able to record our demo thanks to the newly founded “East Rogues Recording Company™” (named after the street the studio is on). I would also like to welcome Raj Tawney. He will be working with me on the SPARKBOOM music blog.

Raj Tawney is a child of media. From working in the music industry since age 14, Tawney has helped guide the careers of several musical artists, as well as his own band (with a 2008 release on WImageMG). During his musician days, he was also a blogger for Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com. He currently operates a small music management firm and was most recently Director of New Media for Book Revue in Huntington, NY, where he established Book Revue TV (via YouTube). He filmed and produced exclusive video content for notable authors, including: Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Al Roker, and more. He is a big supporter of the Long Island music scene and proudly supports SPARKBOOM in their effort to bring the local art community together.

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Jaw – Dropping Intensity… the Sounds of ECHO SONIC

It’s touImagegh to place Echo Sonic in a musical category. You hear them and think to yourself; “This is incredible-There’s singing, rapping, distortion, melodic grooves…”. Echo Sonic produces a concoction of sound, composed of elements you’re familiar with but never quite stirred to perfection in the way they’re serving it to you. And when you’re watching them live,your jaw can’t help but dislocate itself, as their intensity and enthusiasm takes you on a ride that is only equivalent to a roller coaster with no safety harness.

The boys are Long Island-bred and have played almost every dive bar this Island has to offer. They’ve also performed alongside a handful o299279_10151321243496332_1651641063_nf larger-than-life bands, exposing them to new audiences throughout New York and the east coast. Their debut “KillerDaydream” EP was welcomed to positive reviews last year.  So much, in fact, that AfroPunk.com listed their upcoming album at #4 on their “Top 13 Albums to Get Psyched About in 2013″ahead of Janelle Monae and Tyler The  Creator.
They’re currently home in LI, recording their new album with Matthew Einsidler, with a few track leaks floating around the internet. You can stream their new single here: www.echosoniclives.com, download their entire first EP here: www.echosoniclives.bandcamp.com, and “Like” them here: www.facebook.com/echosoniclives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

559866_864324485006_2116370132_n Raj Tawney is a child of media. From working in the music industry since age 14, Tawney has helped guide the careers of several musical artists, as well as his own band (with a 2008 release on WMG). During his musician days, he was also a blogger for Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com. He currently operates a small music management firm and was most recently Director of New Media for Book Revue in Huntington, NY, where he established Book Revue TV (via YouTube). He filmed and produced exclusive video content for notable authors, including: Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Al Roker, and more. He is a big supporter of the Long Island music scene and proudly supports SPARKBOOM in their effort to bring the local art community together.

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