2015 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup Announced!

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Jazz FestThe lineup for the 2015 edition of the Detroit Jazz Festival was announced this week.  I am always like a kid in a candy shop when news about the Jazz Fest comes out.  I have made a point of spending as much time as possible every Labor Day Weekend at the Festival since my first trip in 1986.  I have been introduced to new artists, heard music legends play, been sunburned to a crisp, and caught in the vicious thunderstorm that was the only time a set was cancelled in the history of the festival.  Rain or shine, I have been there.

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This year’s Artist in Residence was announced as Pat Metheny, the jazz guitar legend.  He is featured in four different settings over the course of the weekend.  I was in attendance in 2012 for the set with the Pat Metheny Unity Band, and I can tell…

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We have a New Toy – Song Optimization Software


Getting streaming music plays recognised by the bots which recommend music to music listeners is difficult for unknown artists lying under the radar of the streaming bots. Knowing how to rise above the parapet helps enormously in ensuring our artists work is getting seen & heard. The newly developed software “Traktomizer” by Steve Freedom is changing the game. Imagine having a tool at your disposal designed to leverage songs to ensure they achieve poll position on music streaming sites such as Spotify. We have recently purchased this software & are enjoying the easy user interface which we are able to quickly optimize our artists songs. This software is meant for use at the final stage of production prior to mastering. I am also delighted that Steve has found my feedback useful from a user perspective & he will be making public some of our discussions/feedback about the software for the benefit of other users of this software in due course. Susanna Lepianka, Owner of DyNaMik Records.

I knew



I knew I had gone in before

but today, I met with a closed-door

no matter how hard I pushed

I couldnt get in

We encounter daily problems

in similar ways

they just seem to plague our days

yet, if we step back

and take a different tack

we often find we were on the right track

only our approach needed new perspective

we did in fact, know

only our focus was inactive

it is important in life

to stop and allow your mind to chill

your body to relax

so that each day can really begin

brand new.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

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Piqued Jacks on Front Cover of Jamsphere July 2015

Following on from the band’s successful tour on Texas turf the unstoppable Piqued Jacks are now featured on this month’s Jamsphere Magazine, get your copy in physical & digital formats, check out some new photos of their tour & an intriguing write up detailing the bands adventures in the USA including running into the amazing Foo Fighters & a tribute to a special friend. Click on the magazine picture which is linked to the Magcloud page to buy your copy NOW.

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