- Podcast producer and host, music blogger, and musician at Two Ton Music. Supporting good indie music locally, nationally, and world-wide.
I've been a musician and a music lover my entire life. I'm constantly listening to new bands, and I write about what I like on my blog and on social media, as well as freelancing for magazines. Once in a while, I'll feature new indie bands on my podcast, the Two Ton Music Show. I also write for a couple of local music magazines - The Buzz in Northampton, MA and Sound Waves in CT. I've got a good ear for detail, and I'm happy to provide constructive criticism when needed. Music is my passion, and I get excited when I find great new bands that take me somewhere. I'm interested in music as an expression of art, rather than as a commercial product. It is an important function of society that needs to be cultivated and valued. I'll give you an honest take, and may give you some promotion if it's really nice.
- radio, music producer, podcasting, music production / mastering, music performance, music writing / blogging, music journalism, music theory, music interviews, music reviews
- funk, indie rock, punk, music, reggae, folk rock, indie folk, psychedelic rock, jam
- Springfield, MA
I really like the mix of your folk sound with the indie-rock vibe. There's a stark contrast there, and it adds interest to the piece. Interesting choice with the timpani or marching band bass drum or whatever that is during the chorus - it's an unconventional sound, but it works for you here. Part of the trick of mashing up styles is doing it without coming off "gimmicky". You do a nice job of that here, introducing the reverb/delay, etc tying things together. You have a nice voice, and it suits your style well. I appreciate people pushing boundaries and moving things in new directions, and it sounds like that's what you are doing here. Happy to share this one.
This track is great. I love the "James Bond" vibe - there's definitely some drama induced by all the dynamics used. The cello work is outstanding, and combining it with the straight-up EDM beat definitely brings a modern flair to the work. Happy to help promote this.
This is a very nice, thoughtful track. I like how you blend the Americana / country vibe with the change of feel later in the song. You've got a nice singing voice, and the song is mixed well. The harmonies are tasteful and add some contrast to the chorus. The polyrhythm / syncopation section sounds good. It adds interest without being overwhelming or jarring. That part almost has a Dave Matthews Band feel to it. I really like your sound, happy to promote!
Very nice song. I really like the chord changes - not your standard 8 bar turnaround, but rather holds the suspense in the last four bars of the progression before resolving. The quality of the recording is great, the arrangement is very nice, and I like the tasteful use of the backup harmony vox. The violin was a nice touch too. The acoustic thing is hot right now, you guys are on the right track. I wish you lots of luck with your album release, and I'm happy to share this with my followers.
Nice song! You've got a great voice, and the song is very polished. I like the upbeat tempo, and you've got some nice changes with the dynamics, the horns, and wailing out a little during the chorus. It's mixed well, and has an accessible sound that just about anyone could enjoy. Keep working hard, and I'm happy to share your work!
Great song! Love the content. I'm a big fan of songs with a message, and you do a great job of highlighting some of the issues concerning progress and perception. The footage in the video was a great touch. Having the lyrics front and center also helped me connect to the song and understand the message while enjoying all the various elements going on in the music. One thing I might do as producer would be to bring the vocals just a tad more up front with some eq, panning, or a hair more level. Sounds good, I would just tweak it a little more if it was me. Same thing with the guitar solo. I'd also add a touch more reverb to the vox. All in all, great song, great theme, great video, and I'm happy to share it.
Wow, another nice track from EKM Records. You guys are speaking my language. Reggae is my #1 genre right now, and I love the Polynesian vibe, it works so well with reggae. Kiwini Vaitai has a great voice. It's a nice easy song that anyone could enjoy. Good job on the video, great camera work and lots of beautiful sights to admire. Keep coming with these hits, this is what's hot right now! Happy to share this one. I'm always happy to support positive, good vibes music.
You've got a real high energy sound! It reminded me of Lenny Kravitz and Gary Clark Jr. You shouldn't have any problems getting the crowd moving with a vibe like that. The band sounds tight, the vocals are great - sounds like you guys are doing things right. In a sentence: "SATE is an in-your-face, full-throttle blues-rock band with a sound that will amp you up and get you grooving". I'm happy to share this with my followers on Twitter. Thanks for making good music!
Great single. Impassioned vocals, interesting changes, and I'm all about spreading the message of love and unity. Reggae is my main thing these days, and your sound is what people are loving these days - reggae flavor with pop beats. You've got a great product here - happy to help spread the word!
You guys have a nice thing going. I love that reggae vibe, and you've got that pop sound that's really been catching on lately. I see you've done some work with J Boog, and I was going to say that you've got a similar vibe. The video work is nice - you've got some hot ladies in the video, but didn't resort to cheap cleavage shots or other kinds of stuff that goes on in the garbage mainstream scene. Keep pushing your thing, you've got the kind of hot sound that should be playing on the radio right now.
I really enjoy the sound of your voice. The guitar work is very nice, and the mellow tone suits the vocals nicely. The chord changes are interesting and adds some motion to the track, which isn't always easy on a slower track. The production quality is good. It has a little bit of an ethereal feel with the reverb, and it works well without muddying up the works. All in all it's a good track with a good sound, and I'm happy to share this with my followers!
Good stuff. You exhibit nice songwriting, interesting chord changes, dynamic movement between sections, and interesting fills. Americana with and edge. I like the homage to the American trucker, it fits the style well and presents a cohesive image to the listener. Happy to share this with my people. Keep up the good work!
You've got a very nice voice. I like the change after the second chorus, brings an emo feel to the whole piece. I appreciate the sparseness of the arrangement and everything sounds good, though I found it to be a little bit repetitive at times in the verse - not much going on there in terms of chord changes. You could keep the arrangement and add more contrast by adding another part in the second verse with some implied chord changes - I'm thinking a single note guitar line with some delay the descends as the verse goes on - just something to give it some contrast from the the first verse, and from the droning quality of the section. Droning and repetition can be good - you just have to be sure to add some contrast at the right times in order to keep the listener engaged. You could also add contrast by adding a harmony vocal on the 2nd verse, or a delay effect on the vocals, etc. Just something to make it different as the song progresses. Anyhow, I think you've got a nice sound. It reminds me a little of Mazzy Star with a more mellow vibe. Keep up the hard work!
I really like your innovative approach. Music is all about creativity, and it's inspiring to see people looking at something like a busted piano and making beautiful music with it. You've got an interesting story, nice video, and what you did with the piece is really nice. Happy to share this along.
Nice energy on this song. It reminds me a little of the Franz Ferdinand sound. Good pop hooks. Nice harmonies. There's one place where I think you could do a little more. You have that nice instrumental break around 2:00 where one guitar lays down the riff, then around 2:05 it gets doubled an ocatave higher for a few measures. If it was me, I would break into a climactic solo from 2:05 and build it until the drop off at 2:18. What you did there sounds good, but I think you're missing an opportunity to really raise the energy of the track at that point, creating a big build and then a big drop off back into the verse at 2:18 with lots of contrast. Nice work on this guys, keep it up!
This is a nice tune. My first impression was that it reminds me a little of some of the slower Radiohead songs, with the chord changes, the melody line, and the subtle ambient sounds in the distance. This is a good thing, because I am a big Radiohead fan. Having said that, you've got a nice sounding voice, and used some good dynamics throughout the piece. I checked out your website, and it's up to date and attractive. The music is recorded and produced well, and I like your sound. Keep up the good work, and I wish you success!
It sounds like you guys really have a good product. You've made the decision to go all in with electro-pop, and I think it's good to commit to a style. The music has good movement, nice use of dynamics, and is interesting to listen to. You obviously have talent and vision, and that should take you forwards in this business. Since it seems you have a good product, you should focus on getting the word out. I imagine you're already hitting up independent radio stations and such. If you have any money to invest, I'd seek out paid promotion which will get you guaranteed spots on stations around the world. I'd submit for TV / movies too - this style would work well with that. Another thing I would suggest is to collaborate with other similar musicians worldwide. Seek out people that will do remixes, or record a vocal for them and vice-versa. It's all about networking these days, so grow a team for yourself and increase your chances of hitting success. I've got a couple friends who are doing some of that in your genre, I could see if they're interested if you like. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org All in all, I enjoyed your song, I enjoyed your video, and I hope you guys continue moving forward and find the success you deserve!
Another good track guys! I love the 90's punk sound, before pop-punk took over and watered down the genre. It's got a great rhythm, the parts all come through well, and it's a fun song. I would tweak a few small things to create a little bit of contrast here and there. I would double the length of the intro, leave the first measure alone, and on the second add an open power chord that rings out for 4 along with a crash - I like the intro, but it goes by so fast it's hard to pick up on it. On the chorus, I would do something more to contrast it with the verse - you could add some "aahs" in backup vox, or possibly overdub a higher pitch guitar rhythm in addition to the current guitar part - just something to add another sonic layer to the section and give it some contrast. Around 1:45, at the end of the second chorus, I'd stretch out your vocal part for a few more beats on "begin you" and do more of a "be gi - in you - oo - oo" - it's the climax of the song, and you could push it a little more there and really make the climax stand out. A short, fast guitar solo would also sound good in that section. Lastly, the very end of the song is a little anti-climactic. If you're going to end the song on the vox, I wouldn't take it down in pitch, I would sing it higher. The notes there almost suggest a descent into a minor chord. So, I would either take it up to a higher pitch, or if you like the contrast of taking it down, sing it then ring out a minor chord so that the context is there to accentuate it. Having said all that, I thing you guys have a great cohesive sound and obviously work hard at it. Thanks for the opportunities to review your music!
Nice song, I'm a big punk-rock fan, so I appreciate bands that keep it real and represent the punk sound without going overboard on production effects. The songwriting is good, the musicianship is good, and I really like the drumming. If I was producing this I would recommend a few things: I would use less reverb on the vox so it sits up front in the mix a little bit more. It's an in-your-face kind of song, and I feel like the reverb sets the vox back a bit in the mix. To add interest, I would recommend putting some harmonies on the vox on the pre-chorus. That would give some contrast between the various sections of the song & highlight the changes. Another thing I would do would be to add some kind of solo in the break around 1:55 or so - either a NOFX style guitar solo, or even some "oooh, oooh, oooh" kind of vocal lines to fill the space. Lastly, I would end the song with a hard ending rather than a fade-out. You could ring it out for 4-count, then finish on the following beat 1 with a single "dnnnt". It's an in your face kind of song, and I think it suits the mood better. All in all, it's a good, well written, well played song and I enjoy your sound. Keep it up!
You guys have a really nice, cohesive sound. For a five minute song, it has enough movement & changes to keep it interesting. I especially like what you did around 3:40, with the drop-off and subsequent build that really drives the song home. The music shares the same kind of sound as some of the trendy indie-rock bands like Rogue Wave and Real Estate. It also seems like something that would translate well in the live show. I usually try to give some constructive criticism, but I'm having a hard time trying to find something to improve. I'll just say that the music biz is a tough grind, but if it's your passion you should keep working at it, as you guys have the talent and vision to make beautiful music. Keep it up!
I like the sound. It reminds me of some of the newer Bad Religion stuff. You've got that catchy hook in the chorus that works really well. I also like the changes you put in after the second chorus right through the outro. The band sounds tight, the vox sound good. One thing I would do if it was me, is to extend the verses. They seem pretty short relative to the chorus. The song is a bit on the short side. I think doubling the length of the verses, or adding a prechorus between each verse and chorus would help add some more interest to the sound, and give some more space between hooks to give the listener some perspective. Good job guys!
I like the blend of the acoustic, almost blue-grass parts combined with the radio-friendly pop stuff. The singer has a nice sounding voice, the song has a good tempo, and the chorus has that hook quality that can stick with people. I do feel that there are a couple of places where there's something missing up front - for instance, on the prechorus around 0:48, the vox get pushed back with eq, but nothing really steps up to fill the space left in the middle. I like the drop-off around 2:25. It's got a nice build, but when it peaks out at 2:53 it feels like something's missing there that would really kick off the climax. Another guitar, or a synth, or something to accentuate the build-up. Having said that, all in all it's a nice, well written song and has mainstream potential. Good work!
Your song has a very nice feel to it. You capture a certain sentimental feeling, and manage to keep it interesting with some contrasting imagery. It has a trance-like, shoe-gaze quality to it that makes me wonder what it would sound like live. The recording quality is great, the mix is done nicely, and I enjoyed the song. One thing I would recommend - you've got a nice song, but the video I was presented was a static picture. If you took a little time and even did a stream of pictures in the video, changing every few measures on tempo, it would add a lot to the viewer experience. You could go artsy with it, or chill imagery, memes, photos of yourselves - it doesn't have to be a video shoot. I like what you've done.