With the temperature dropping at an alarming speed, it’s perfect timing for Russian musician, composer and producer, Roman Zayat, to release his first EDM track, “Cold”.
Having previously released a well-received album in his homeland which was much nearer the singer-songwriter/rock mould, Roman has changed musical direction without abandoning any musical skill, incorporating guitars and traditional instrumentation into his blissed-out deep house which breaks out of being conventional by using top-notch vocals and superior production from Andrey Samsonov (Marc Almond; Nick Cave). The vocalist in question is so-far a mystery, Roman only revealing that he is well-known by millions of Americans. Has the leader of the free world release a dance track?! You heard it here first! Facebook: facebook.com/roman.zayats.80 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roman_zayats_80/
Every now again, a story comes my way that is so moving, and so inspiring, it completely changes my outlook on, well, pretty much everything… This is exactly what happened as I sat and read about The Celebration of Life, Demelza and a little boy called Jaden.
Sadly, Jaden suffers from a terminal brain disease, and his parents were initially told by doctors that he wouldn’t live long. However, to the complete delight of his family and everyone who knew his story, Jaden celebrated his 11th birthday in August, and the care he received at the hospice run by Demelza was instrumental to this. Learn more about the work Demelza Hospice does here: https://www.demelza.org.uk/
A huge part of this care was music, and this is where the guys at the Celebration of Life come in. Watch the documentary about the project here: https://youtu.be/fuXbDleb310 The Celebration of Life is a fundraising project started by a group of producers from the jungle, drum & bass, reggae and dance worlds (some of Jaden’s favourite genres) who were moved by his story; Potential Badboy;Demolition Man; Jr. Dangerous; Navigator; Tippa Irie; General Levy; Alaska MC and Cowboy Ranger. They have come together to produce a song, and music video called “Celebrate Life”. The track has been described as ”an uplifting, beat-heavy, furiously catchy song which is aimed at all those struggling in situations beyond their control and showcases some of the best in UK musical talent from the last twenty five years, in a completely unique coming together of genre.” Watch the video to “Celebrate Life” here: https://youtu.be/ryNIeQ6AUh4
To promote the release of the track, the guys will be headlining Jungle Fever at the Ministry of Sound on the 22nd of September and all proceeds will go straight to Demelza and the hospices so they can continue their amazing, important work.
With the recent release of brand new single ‘Something For You’, we trace it all back to see where Lawrence really found his talents.
Born in the 50’s, in the San Francisco bay area, Lawrence’s love for music grew early on, when he joined his parents in the gospel band known as ‘The Sensational Travelers’. They would practice in his grandfathers old Victorian Church every Saturday night.
This then led on to a bigger responsibility for Lawrence, when he was asked to join another family band known as the ‘Fantastic Four’, which he fronted, at the age of 5!
Through his experiences in the music industry at this time, he gained love for instruments such as guitar and Trombone, however, there was an instrument that was calling his name, the bass would later on be a trademark for the singer-songwriter.
While being asked to join band and groups such as Dorothy Morrison’s gospel band, which he contributed bass to for much of the early 80’s.
Now ready to push his solo releases, Lawrence has recorded and produced his own material such as ‘Driving me away’and brand new track ‘Something For You’.
Speaking to us about how they started, where they draw inspiration from and what we can expect from their brand new EP ‘For You’. Q: What made you guys want to go into music, what started it all? A: “The Sheer Enjoyment of it really, I think we all started out playing our respective instruments from an early age. and that all we have wanted to do”. Q: What would be the best way of describing yourselves to listeners who may not of heard of you guys? A: “We all met while studying at the academy of contemporary music and have been together ever since. As individuals we have similar interests which is mainly music and football so there’s always something to laugh about between the 5 of us”. Q: Your brand new single, ‘RIO’, what can you tell us about that? A: “I’d say ‘Rio’ resembles our sound as a band. its very energetic, in your face, and it gets the crowd bouncing. you can definitely hear the rocky bloc party/Franz Ferdinand influences throughout as well”. Q: And finally, what was the writing and recording process like for this track/EP? A: “I think Rio was written when we were still at Uni. The lyrics were about relationshippy stuff happening at the time and we wrote it over a few practice sessions”. A: “The recording process was a lot of fun, we worked with another one of our mates, Henry Watkins, he did the producing for us. It was great to put all of our individual parts together and finally hear it as a collective”.