Artist Session: Mark Diamond

Following the release of his moody single "Dark Matter," Seattle-based singer Mark Diamond released an anthemic track called "Losing Control," which features his sultry vocals over cinematics hooks. The track was featured in PureVolume. Both tracks can be found on his upcoming 'Cosma' EP due out July 27. Read on to learner about ‘Cosma,’ Mark’s influences, and more.

Hi Mark! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 23 years old, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I grew up with an international airline pilot as a father and traveled a lot growing up. I look back all the time and think about how all that traveling really gave me my appreciation for the Pacific Northwest and the place I was born. Seattle is beautiful and has definitely been one of the biggest influences in my music.

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Artist Session: Jason Scavone

Charlotte-based singer-songwriter Jason Scavone’s highly anticipated EP ‘F ind Today’ is due for release on July 18th and he gave us a taste of his infectious tunes with his latest single, which is the title track of the album. Read on to get to know Jason, learn about ‘Find Today,’ and more.

Hey Jason! Thanks for chatting with us! Tell us what’s your story – who is Jason Scavone?
Hey, thanks for asking me to chat! My story isn’t incredibly unique. I’m a guy who has spent the majority of his life writing and creating music. In the mid 2000’s I started a band that had a modest amount of success. We were discovered by Eric Valentine, who is one of my all time favorite record producers. Eric spent a couple of years mentoring and recording us. We were courted by a handful of labels, and wound up signing a deal with a major. All of this at a time when big changes were taking place in the music industry, along with my own propensity toward embodying the archetype of a self-destructive rock n’ roll cliche, unfortunately led to our inevitable demise. It wasn’t all bad though. In fact a lot of it was amazing. I learned about writing music. I learned how to make records with heart and intention. I traveled the country and played shows with some really cool bands, and I got to meet and write with some people who’s music I grew up listening to and who I admired.

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Artist Session: Jon Lindsay

Raleigh-based singer Jon Lindsay's highly anticipated album, Cities and Schools, is due for release on June 10th and his most recent single "When They Broke The World" debuted on Paste Magazine. Read on to find out Jon’s influences, what the North Carolina music scene is like, and more.

Hey Jon, thanks for making us a mini mix! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Jon Lindsay?
Hey! Thanks for being sweethearts! About me? Sheesh, where to begin. Perhaps not the beginning. I started with my own solo records and tours in 2009. I’ve got 3 LPs out (the newest, third one Cities & Schools is out everywhere June 10th on File 13 Records!), 3 EPs, and a bunch of singles under my own name. I also produce my own records and records for other folks when I can find the time. Before the whole JL thing got rolling, I played keys in Benji Hughes for 3 years, and had some bands I sang and wrote songs in; The Young Sons, The Catch Fire, etc.

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Artist Session: Tongues.

Glasgow-based band Tongues., are setting themselves apart with massive synths, all-round electronic production, and bold vocals. The Wild Honey Pie premiered their newest single "Heartbeat," a song about the pursuit of finding a deeper connection with someone. Read on to meet the band, find out what we can expect from their forthcoming EP, and more.

Hey Tongues., thanks for chatting with us! Tell us the story about how Tongues. got started.

Tongues. started as Tim’s solo project during a year out traveling the world. In January 2015 ‘Colours in the Dark’ was accidentally left public on SoundCloud and picked up attention from blogs all around the world. We’ve since gathered together a live band and it has become a more collaborative process with each release.

Your sound is quite captivating– massive synths, soaring Hot Chip-like vocals, smooth percussive beats and a lot of soul.  Are there any particular influences behind the creation of Tongues.?

There’s a long list of artists who have inspired our sound. To name a few: The Knife, Son Lux, James Blake, Four Tet, Chvrches, and Battles.

You just released your single “Heartbeat” on The Wild Honey Pie, tell us a little about the new single and what we can expect from your upcoming EP.

“Heartbeat” was our first song to really come together in the studio. It’s an idea Tim had for a long time but it only found it’s life as we jammed it. It’s a pop song with a big chorus, a few curve balls and a lot of feeling to it.

You’ve been playing a lot of live shows this past year.  The National said, “In the live arena Glasgow four-piece Tongues. surpass anything they’ve released on record to date, their sub bass quaking the foundations of the building, their destined-for-greatness electro-pop-like Hot Chip reimagined as a 1970s rock band.” What’s the Tongues. live experience like?

We’re constantly told to make our recordings as good as the live experience. So either our recordings are substandard or they’re paying us a compliment. We’re all passionate about what we do and I think that comes across in our live shows. We want it to be an emotional experience and something that’s unique and special to that moment. Each show is different in it’s instrumentals, solos, light shows and we really just try and give it our everything.

We would love to see you in the states! Any plans to go abroad?

We’re getting there…

What would you say is the most important thing for an artist to remain unique and relevant in today’s ever-changing music sphere?

Perhaps a cliche but I think you have to be honest. It’s easy to try and create what you perceive to be popular or to follow a current trend instead of just creating what you believe in and saying what you want to say.

Last question, what’s on your playlist these days? Anyone we should keep an eye out for?

I’m currently listening to the new James Blake album and also loving an electronic artist called Shallou.

 

Get more Tongues. and listen to their Collection here.

 

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Artist Session: Allie & Ivy

Australian power-pop act, Allie & Ivy, unleashed her latest single "Get Hi," a synth-heavy and bright little number mixed with dark undertones on Project U. She recently emailed with us to tell us about the single, what the Australian music scene is like, and more.

Hi there, thanks again for making a mini mix for us! Tell us a little bit about yourself—who is Allie & Ivy?
Thanks for having me! Allie & Ivy is the name I go by in the music world. My real name is Aleisha Conlay – Allie for short – and Ivy is my alter ego. She came about a few years ago when a producer asked me to sing in a more menacing tone because my voice has quite a bit of a sweet sound to it, so I created Ivy to help me get into character and she’s stuck with me ever since.

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Artist Session: Josh Savage

Singer-songwriter Josh Savage recently released his music video for “Bella,” and we chatted with him over email about what it’s like to hold the record for playing the most SoFar shows, his bilingual writing process, and more.

You recently performed in Warsaw for a TED Talk! TED Talk is LEGIT! How did you land such a rad gig and tell us about your experience.

A Polish music promoter has been inviting me to play in Poland for a while, but I was never able to fit Poland on my tours. When I was asked to play TEDx Warsaw as a special guest after the promoter’s speech, I didn’t hesitate. I said “I’m there!”.

It all happened so quickly and I was stunned by the audience’s response at the end. Some people in Poland came up to me to say they’ve been listening to my music before I had even set foot there. It was very surreal!

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Artist Session: My Gold Mask

Electro-pop trio My Gold Mask have recently been featured in NYLON Magazine and Bullet Media and took some time to tell us about their SXSW experience, their new album, and more.

My Gold Mask has been around since 2009, tell us a little about the evolution of your sound?

When we first started we were a two-piece and were really just experimenting with new styles and sounds. Playing around with instruments and structures that were outside of our wheelhouse as musicians, so to speak. It began with wanting to try new things, but we still used all organic instruments and were very minimal live. As time went on we became more and more interested in incorporating electronic elements and really creating a fuller sound, even adding a third member with James Andrew. But the focus has always been on conveying emotion through the songs.

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Artist Session: We Are Temporary

Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed here are those solely of the artist and do not necessarily reflect the views of ReverbNation, its affiliates, or its employees.

When did you start making music?

I started getting into music in a serious way when I was 12. My mom was an opera singer and my father, too, was a musician and worked in the industry, so I started taking piano lessons as a little boy, but it didn’t stick at first. I tried organ, oboe, choir, and drums, but it wasn’t until I got a guitar in my hand around 12 that my passion for music took hold in earnest. By 15 years of age, I was playing in punk bands, studying classical guitar, taking theory lessons, returned to the piano, and got really involved with computers, midi, and early synths. From then on, music continued to be my life’s obsession: writing; recording; touring; studying composition, audio production, and classical guitar at university, etc.

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