Of Grunge and Silence…

by Mocaine

Of Grunge and Silence... by Mocaine

This is Mocaine. “White-boy” Blues x the Seattle sound. Think Chuck Berry meets Jack White, while Buzz Osborne looms in the background.

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My Musical Influences: From Straight-Up Rock to Minimalism

by Evan Schafer

My Musical Influences: From Straight-Up Rock to Minimalism by Evan Schafer
If there is one thing as a musician and composer that I hate, it’s being asked the question, “So what kinds of music do you like/listen to?” Not only is it an unfair and biased leading question. But when folks like myself answer, “Oh, I like everything,” usually that is met with a smile and nod combo or total silence. Nobody seems to know how to react to the fact that … dear lord … he probably likes classical and jazz too. And yes, this is a very true fact. I’ll even throw in new age for the hell of it! Here, I’m going to talk about another aspect of these different listening habits, though. More in the vein of how many genres and artists have and continue to influence me up to this very stage in my composing career.

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How I Started Writing Music

by Evan Schafer

How I Started Writing Music
When somebody says, “I’m a songwriter” or “I compose music,” what most ordinary people think is that they are Mozart-incarnate and all of a sudden want to be their best friend. Either that or they become insanely jealous of them, and they never hear from those folks again. In my case, neither of these occurrences have actually happened but has nevertheless been a stressful journey. Here I will tell you, from my humblest beginnings, how I grew to be the songwriter I am today and the process I have undergone to get there.

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Eurosonic Noorderslag Music Festival 2018

Eurosonic Noorderslag Artist Village

Foto: Jorn Baars ©

Sorry men, the music year 2018 belongs to the women. At least when you look at this year’s line-up of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Probably the first festival of the year, the trendsetting happening in Groningen, Netherlands, offers a stage for more than 100 emerging bands from all over Europe. And surprisingly many artists were women.

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