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All the info and links you will ever need. All the details about the Incredible Artists featured on this very special episode of the NBT podcast. Compiled by Oliver Hammett Creative Director of Beat 360 Studios
About BEAT360 Beat360 is a music studio and production company based in central Manhattan, New York, home of multi platinum music producer & mixer Mark Saunders. Mark has played an instrumental role in producing some of the classic albums of the last 20 years including Neneh Cherry Raw like sushi, The Cure Wish, Tricky Maxinquaye & most recently Shiny Toy guns “We’re are Pilots “ which has just been nominated for a Grammy at the 2008 50th award ceremony.
Our focus at Beat360 is on developing, producing, mixing & mastering the best music out there and our debut podcast showcases some of the talent we have had the privilege of being associated with.
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The So So Glos –
The So So Glos are a band of three brothers who have played since the womb & were joined by good friend Matt Elkin in 2007. Growing up in and around NYC they were raised on their parents CBGB golden era record collection. They developed a sound that has been described as both retro & fresh. This organic rock & roll never disregards the past but holds true the future. With politically charged poetry sung over fun, brash, swagger rock & roll, their music has a sense of vitality that demands your attention. They have just released their debut, self titled album mixed by multi platinum producer Mark Saunders & they’re currently travelling the country on their first DIY north American tour. They won’t stop until everyone is a believer.
Kerowack, musical alchemists Dan Gerber & Saul Good, first appeared on the scene when London’s now defunct Rip Records released their debut single ‘Dirty Bumf’ in 2005, which went on to receive heavy rotation on BBC Radio One and was featured in many mixes including Darren Emerson’s Underwater Episode 4 & Mylo’s Essential Mix. Since then, Kerowack have communed with the London acid revival, DJ’ing and performing their live show in intimate neo-rave clubs around the world, consisting of sham pyrotechnics, Russian fuzzpedals and Victorian-era synthesizers. With a handful of releases & remixes along the way, Kerowack’s first multi-track release, titled ‘The First EP’, features collaborations with Milly Blue, chanteuse for the Basement Jaxx, and Doc Brown, postmodern lyrical poet and live MC for Mark Ronson. ‘The First EP’ is a true cross-Atlantic sonic smorgasbord, recorded at Arbutus Street Studios in London and Orchard Streetdrchard Street Studios in New York City.
If you haven’t heard of Santogold yet it’s about time that you did. She’s written with Lily Allen and Mark Ronson and has been compared to MIA and Karen O. She is a college-educated singer-songwriter and producer, whose singles Creator/LES Artistes and LES artistes are released together.Her Myspace site describes her as a basement rock and Bananarama-soundclash artist, which is a wild combination but pretty accurate. She’s an American lady doing an almost tribal-dancehall-electro-grime-punk-ragga fling. Creator/LES Artistes uses haunting, shrieking voice and electric whines with wonderful shifts of tone throughout aided by Freq Nasty’s sublime rhythm section. Simultaneously she has a slight old school humour to her, it’s reminiscent of the routes and roots of the most innovative Missy Elliott material. It’s very exciting to be so close to something so rare and so new. The suspenseful escalating drama of the single is her lyrical and sonic manifesto, and hopefully the world will listen up Mark Saunders www.marksaunders.com www.myspace.com/marksaunderssounds
is a multi-platinum, English record producer who has worked with some of the most influential artists and writers of the 21th century.. His unique understanding of rock music, electronic dance floor etiquette and everything in between has meant his career has been remarkably diverse. Mark relocated to New York a decade ago and currently works from his state of the art facility overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
In 1985, Mark got his first engineering credit on David Bowie & Mick Jagger’s “Dancing In The Street” . A year later, he became a freelance engineer and was discovered by Rhythm King, a label at the forefront of the British dance music. Working on a couple of Bomb The Bass mixes led to the band’s founder, Tim Simenon, asking Mark to co-produce Neneh Cherry’s “Buffalo Stance” .
The success of “Buffalo Stance” and Neneh’s “Raw Like Sushi” album resulted in a flood of pop/dance work for acts including Erasure, Depeche Mode, Lisa Stansfield & Yazz. Robert Smith from The Cure also used Mark’s radio friendly mixing skils to mix all singles from the album Disintegration. One of these, “Lovesong” is The Cure’s higest charting single, reaching #2 in the Billboard Top 100.
The Cure mixes broadened the musical horizons for him. Work with Ian McCulloch, The Mission (UK), The Farm, The Heart Throbs, Texas & The Sugarcubes followed. More work with The Cure on the albums “Wish” and “Mixed Up” would later lead to a Cure fan, Tricky, asking Mark to co-produce, program and mix most of his critically acclaimed debut album “Maxinquaye”. This in turn led to Tricky fans, Cyndi Lauper, John Lydon, David Byrne and Cathy Dennis hiring Mark to work on their albums. In the late nineties, Mark took a step back from the record business to spend more time with his family. Still in music though, he side stepped into writing and producing music for TV advertising. Some of his work in this area can be seen at www.tothebeat.com. Mark still made time for a few mixes for David Byrne, Marilyn Manson, Erasure, Jim White and The Mavis’s.
In 2003, Mark upgraded the Beat360 monitoring to a 5.1 speaker system and took on the challenge of mixing music in surround and loves working in this format. He has already remixed 5.1 tracks for David Byrne, The Cure, Marilyn Manson and Japanese modern classical composer Izumi Kuremoto.
Now Mark is back making records again and has recently mixed an album for the Atlantic Records band Love Arcade and is currently co-producing and mixing an album for LA band Shiny Toy Guns.
Shiny Toy guns –
Synth pop band Shiny Toy Guns first surfaced on a 7″ single on the Positivenergy label. Produced by synth player and bass guitarist Jeremy Dawsonthe group also includes Carah Faye on vocals, Gregori Chad Petreeon bass, and Mikey Martin on drums.The group’s follow-up, ”We Are Pilots” surfaced in 2005 and was met with critical acclaim. Extensive touring and networking on various Internet social websites helped the band develop a loyal fan base, and the group signed a contract to Universal Records.
The group then appeared performing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ on Redline Records’ 2006 Electro Goth Tribute to Prince, a compilation also featuring actress/supermodel Rebecca Romijn rather inexplicably performing “Darling Nikki.”
Out of all the bands on the scene I have to say YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THESE GUYS! Discordinated in my opinion are the greatest new band around. You other bands may be wonderful and I love you all but Discordinated are the ones who set the standards everyone will have to keep up with. What makes them so good? Great songs that you can actually remember, tight playing and the mere presence of the singer Brad. You know in the film “Velvet Goldmine” where Oscar Wilde’s broach is passed on to the next rock messiah (Iggy, Bowie)? Well Brad has got the broach! The man is the best performer I have seen since Peaches. ——————————————————————————————————- Tasha Tilberg Just talking to Tasha Tilberg over the phone, you would never know that she’s probably the most beautiful person on the face of the earth. Talking to Tasha, you get the impression that nothing could be less interesting to her than, for example, the fact that she has been on the cover of W magazine (yes, W). She’s been in campaigns for Balenciaga and Lagerfeld and I’m on the phone with her after she’s just walked the Milan runways, but she doesn’t mention her modeling even once.Talking to Tasha, it’s clear that what’s interesting to her is her music. She gets worked up, as though she can’t say enough. She says that if everyone left her alone, she would just hole up and write songs. She’s been playing music her whole life — played the tuba in grade school and is a self-described “good bass girl.”
Her influences? Everyone from the Dead Kennedys and the Misfits to the Grateful Dead. Then she says, “Don’t write this, but,” and tells me something I’m not going to write. Then I ask her to describe her music. She says, “It’s like a cross between PJ Harvey and Tom Waits. I sound like her, but I wish I were him. I’m totally obsessive about my music, a complete perfectionist.”Her music name is Fox Glove . . . which is her favorite flower. According to Botanical.com, foxglove is “perhaps the handsomest of our indigenous plants.” With its tall and stately spikes of flowers, foxglove is almost as beautiful as Tasha. But its loveliness, like hers, is deceptive. In our beauty-obsessed culture, you can forget that there is more to beauty than meets the eye. For example, foxglove can be poisonous. Symptoms include dizziness, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, and delirium or hallucinations. So, I’m just saying, next time you see a pretty girl, take heed. And remember, there is more to beauty than meets the fucking eye. Periel Aschenbrand
Donnan Linkz –
Thoughtful honest rap from
New York. One to watch.
——————————————————————————————————- The Bidding war –
The Bidding War means many things to many different people. It began with a common passion for creating great music and has transformed into a cause for the people. With peace, love, and respect for all things living, The Bidding War has become a movement to change the world we live in for the better. Through socially conscious concepts and lyrics, The Bidding War cuts through the clutter and reaches to the core of what needs to be said. Their electronic sound echoes many great bands form the past, and pulsing rhythm and prodigious guitars riffs lead the way into an untapped future. The Bidding War consists of two old friends and an ever changing cast of musicians. The core members, Andrew Martin and Aston Teague, met in college over 7 years ago and began writing together immediately. Over time and a few solo projects later, the two joined once again to bypass the mundane and write (create/make) history. The Bidding War has just begun and only shows signs of acceleration. Stay tuned…
Lizard King Records/Martin Heath www.lizardkingrecords.co.ukLizard King Records is an independent, full-service record company based in London and New York”. Lizard King’s philosophy reflects the growing connection between the U.S and UK music communities. It is transatlantic in outlook. Founded in 2002, the label has produced records by The Go, Donderevo, Clear Static and The Killers (Lizard King’s second release).
Martin Heath started Rhythm King, the first fully electronic record label, in 1986 with Daniel Miller of Mute Records. In just four years the label achieved more than 40 top ten singles. In 1989, Heath established the software company Renegade Software and was awarded the Sega Game of the Year. Heath joined the board of BMG
in 1995 after the company bought Rhythm King. The same year, he became the Managing Director of Arista Records in the UK