Shamal Ranasinghe

Shamal Ranasinghe


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Shamal Ranasinghe

Title
Blogger, Entrepreneur, Music Lover, Artist Services
Bio
I like to see it all. I'm always looking for new fun media that I can play and share. I tend to post on twitter and facebook. I keep a thread to myself on my own blog, http://madrespect.com. I've been building digital media applications for the creative community for the past 17 years. I'm VP of Product at Pandora focusing on improving the welfare of music makers and artists. I cofounded Fluence with William White to help the creative community connect to curators. I cofounded Topspin in 2007 with Peter Gotcher, where we built services to help artists make a living. I've created massive multi-channel surround sound installations, and I'm an advisor to ENVELOP, a surround sound installation and project in San Francisco. I used to have a radio show on KZSU 90.1 Stanford radio called Below the Bassline. I don't spin out as much anymore, but I'll give you my honest thoughts and hopefully useful feedback. I'll also spread the word on media I love and am happy to help where I can. I donate any and all my earnings to Nordoff Robbins (http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/). Looking forward to your submission.
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Expertise
music tech, blogging, music promotion, entrepreneurship, startups, music blogging, artist development
Interests
rock, electronic, indie, electronica, edm, music, reggae, startups, glitch, chillout, chillwave, animation, chillstep, film / video, soundtracks, travelling, technology
Location
San Francisco, CA

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Cult Fantastic submitted media.

Screens (Official Music Video) by Cult Fantastic

Shamal Ranasinghe

These beats and rhythms are dope. I love the groove. You have to get this out more - I'm definitely sharing it and recommending it others. I would love to see the lyrics. You can update your submission for others to see with the lyrics. The lyrics are genius.  The bio is sparse -- I want to learn more. Did you produce the entire track, play the instruments? Or is it a band? I'm heading to YouTube to find out more. Thanks again for sending me this track. I would get this track out in some satire channels on YouTube and Twitter. 

Wai Lana submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you for sending this to me. I totally appreciate your music and intention. It's so sad to me the way the world is now. We all deserve so much more. 

My feedback to you in getting this more attention is to tell the story around the production and intention of the music. The message appeals to mostly everyone but the genre and style of the music niche and will not resonate widely. I would blog about it more and share that blog story to key outlets like the ACLU, Souther Law Poverty Center, the twitter influencer @yesyoureracist. Good luck.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Mine by Natalie Bancroft

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thanks for sending this track to me. I enjoyed it and listened to it multiple times. My only feedback is that it stopped abruptly. I thought something was wrong with the playback. 

The track is highly involved and immersive especially with your vocals. Have you thought about mixing it in 3D audio? Check out http://envelop.us -- the software for it where you can make interesting 3D audio. If you make a mix, we can play it back in our 3D audio sound systems. 

Olivia Hadjiioannou submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Hi, I read you submission and reviewed the video a couple of times but didn't get around to writing any feedback until now. Thus, this review is late and expired, and no money is spent on it. I wanted to reply regardless because I think your art is awesome. Continue getting your name and work out there. It's clear you have a great voice, and this is a deep and meaningful song. The video is also an interesting lens and mechanism to journey through the phases of the song. 

The way to materially and sustainably drive your fan base is through touring and grinding it out for a few years to get a general inertia. I understand, however, your performances are rare, and you prefer to record and publish vs. tour. I particularly resonate with the 3D concept as I also have a record label called Spatial. Can you make music in multichannel surround sound? Check out ENVELOP (www.envelop.us). You can playback your 3D music in San Francisco with our sound system. 

Other than touring find an interesting creative angle for your recorded music or multi-media experience Surround could work in recorded too. I like the video creative as I mentioned so am confident that you will continue to innovate. You may want to enlist a creative marketing partner. I have referred you to Nazlee Jannoo (I'm happy to give you her email directly) as she may be useful in understanding your art and getting it out to market more. 

I've also referred you to Scott Cohen of the Orchard who manages Raveonettes and Dum Dum Girls. You can send him a unique submission on Fluence referencing his specific help. 

I've also cc'd Andrea Young who also may be able to help. 

Sonali submitted media.

All I Wanna Do by Sonali

Shamal Ranasinghe

Sonali.. Thank you for sending this to me. This is a solid pop song. The most impressive part of the song is your vocals. I like the harmonies in the chorus. From a personal perspective, I wish it was more 'banging' in that it rocked me out more. This song sits in between tempos of a dance floor crusher and a more mellow tune. It's almost like it's waiting to bust out. One thing is certain -- the song is very well produced so either you have great production chops or the people you are working with are effective. I am sharing it to several folks on Fluence to give them a heads up about you and this track. Also a note on your submissions in Fluence -- when you do submit, I would definitely put as much info in your description as possible like your artist profiles, lyrics, and any/all information that's relevant. Some curators really get into all aspects of the song. I would submit this to some music supervisors as well as they will appreciate the range of this song as something that could work in a variety of synchs and scores. I'm happy to talk about marketing, etc. You can email me directly at shamal @ fluence dot io. 

Neel Dani submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Hi Neel

I listened to a bit of your track on Fluence and realized it was not the sound I'm generally into so wanted to stop the submission short. Having said that I listened to the rest on YouTube and was about to write a bad review. Then at 2:20 min in, it started to kick in beautifully. I love it. But the first 2.20 min was not that great for me -- I couldn't feel it. Then at 2:55 I lost it for a bit. But then when you kicked into the chorus again with the guitar solo at 3:30, I fell back into it. You've got the chops and would peak people out live. I would love to see it. I went back to Fluence to find the spot and didn't end up charging you the whole song even though I listened to it twice on YouTube.

Ali Noble submitted media.

He's Got a Gun by The Metronomad

Shamal Ranasinghe

This was powerful. I didn't know what to expect. It moved me. I can't share this on my social networks because I'm not going to go there since I keep it pretty light. I am interested in more of what you've done. I will certainly keep a look out. I'm recommending more people see it and will share it to some folks via email as an example of great artistic statements. When I see your video it makes me unsettled and want to take action. It inspires me to stand up and move. Thank you for that.

leslie sgro submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

So great. Thank you for sending this to me. I don't typically seek out pop rock like this. I really dug this song though because it's a simple riff and has a fun time telling a story about life with its everyday social hangups. I like the lesson to not take it all so seriously since you'll end up falling in love in 5 minutes. I'm going to recommend you to a few folks.

Jared King submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you for sending this to me. I listened to it a couple times and definitely was feeling the groove. I liked the video too as it took me to a place where I could feel. Nice work. Reach out to me at Pandora. I want to make sure our AUS/NZ stations play your wonderful music.

Real Roger Houdaille submitted media.

On The Sidelines by Ex Norwegian

Shamal Ranasinghe

I'd love to see you guys live. You guys are having tons of fun and hanging out in cool places. This is quality DIY. If you're ever in the SF Bay Area, please give a shout out. I've recommended a few people below who may get involved and promote it.

Evan Tyler submitted media.

So Nuanced by EVAN TYLER + topless literati

Shamal Ranasinghe

You are incredibly talented. I love your work. Sick rhymes, variety, and a full on artist personality. Are you on Pandora? I searched and couldn't find. I want to get you onto Pandora as our listeners would love your music (myself included) and then I want to get you AMPcast where you can talk to your fans. I'll tell the folks at Pandora we need your music to reach our Listeners. 

DeModa submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

I dig this. I like the sounds you're mashing together but something feels too much. The vocals gets drowned out by a lot happening in the track. The video is a bit too strobe lighty for me and makes me want to look away. I think if you lost the element of constant  motion in the background it would be nice simpler effect to show silhouettes and patterns. I can't share this as it's only a clip. Most people will only share a full submission. 

Ralina PR submitted media.

RED (Radio Mix) by Emii

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a bold, powerful pop song. I'm going to make a few recommendations on people to send it to. It might be too hard for Disco Naivete. Others could be a good fit depending on how they can place you. Some are producers and others have blogs with large following. I've also recommended a Warner A&R person as the production is super tight. I want to hear more. I will seek you out. Great sound...I normally do not actively listen to this kind of music either.

Cornelius Berg submitted media.

Bigfoot Woman by Bigfoot Woman

Shamal Ranasinghe

First of all, thank you so much for sending me this track. I've listened to it three times. I love it. It's beautiful and brilliant. I also dig your description -- the personality and authenticity is there. I know this is not comedy, but I can't help but chuckle. So good. Simple tune, beat, and tempo. Just right. I'm sharing this track to my peeps. I recommended some folks you should check out. It will follow in another email.

jeffery morrison submitted media.

King Of Diamonds by Horace Holloway

Shamal Ranasinghe

Love this track. Really dig the sound and groove. I'm going to recommend you to Aspen Beat's Andrea Young. I'm sharing it to my followers on Twitter.

roger kahlon submitted media.

b e l i e v e by r o g e r s i n g h k a h l o n

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a great track. Thanks for sending it to me. I like the way you describe it, "the first ingredient in love."

"I want to believe..." I like this soothing sound and song, only thing I would miss is a bit more funk to get me moving even more. 

Patrick Joseph submitted media.

Don't You Know by Patrick Joseph

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a great track. I was hooked from the beginning finger pickin goodness and then the initial lyrics about brain and wrapping it in cellophane. You have a tight sound. I suggest you seek out to Brian Furano who is involved in Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in LA. I think you guys would have an overlap with their fans. You may not dig them, which would be natural, so no problem. I'm going to recommend some folks on Fluence that I think would be helpful for your promotion. Reach out to Nate Maingard and Brian Hazard. Ari is great too. Good luck with your promotion. I'm sharing it to my followers.

Twinkles Twinkles submitted media.

Blithe by Tw*nkles

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thanks for sending this to me. This isn't my cup of tea in terms of music I listen to and my audience wouldn't appreciate it. I can't offer a lot of promotional advice since I don't follow pop as much. But I would reach out to Peter Robinson in the UK. I'm going to recommend people you send this to. Some you may have already sent to. Have you thought about producing in surround multi-channel audio? Your sound seems ideal for that immersive format. Good luck with your music.

Dashal Beevers submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

I love the intention of this video. It is noble without being preachy. Thank you for sending it to me. What are you looking to do with it? Are you building a body of music work or multi-media? The message sounds like it's a bit cultish, but it feels so good. I like the imagery and random crop of images and motion film. I'd like to know more about the brand you are trying to build so I can help you connect the dots and find more people who may be interested.

Kasson Crooker submitted media.

NAPOLEON by Symbion Project

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a beautiful work of art. Love it. I'm going to share this with my networks. Thank you for sending it to me. 

Ernest Griffin-Ortiz submitted media.

Upright Mammals by Sam GO

Shamal Ranasinghe

At first this weirded me out a bit, but then I started to really dig it as a creative body of work. Then I listened to it again without watching the video. You have a good tune with a fun ride. 


I'm going to recommend some folks to send your submission too. Reach out to Marni Wander in NYC for PR. Brian Hazard for synth indie pop feedback and sharing.

Sean Adams submitted media.

You and Only You by The Anchoress

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thanks for sending this to me. The fact that you sent it to me means something to since if you believe in this artist, that's a huge signal for me. I've listened three times already. I'm going to share it with Nazlee too and my followers.  Song, vibe, and video made me harken back to an edgier Chrissie Hynde. Thanks again for sharing. I'm going to recommend some other folks you send this to on Fluence.

Campbelltown Music submitted media.

Dark Matter (UNRELEASED) by Mark Diamond

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is absolutely great. I love your work. You have talent. I'm going to share your music on my social networks. Thank you for sending this to me. I'm referring you a bunch of people who should hear your sound. I'm going to follow you on SoundCloud and want to keep up with your music. 

Shaun Hettinger submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you so much for sending this to me. You have mad skills. This is a crazy weird and awesome video. The song is unique and electro-pop indeed. I'm not that into this kind of music, but I like your song. This is the kind of music my wife would love, and she's a Music PR in this genre. I think you should associate yourself with and see if you can work with the folks who manage Everything Everything. I'll recommend her in the referrals and tell her to help you on the PR front.

Ralina PR submitted media.

I Saw Momma by Emii

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a great track - very well produced and catchy. Good timing too. I'm going to share on my networks. Thanks for sending this to me. 

Michael Weinstein submitted media.

This Age by Michael Weinstein

Shamal Ranasinghe

Hi Michael, thanks for sending this to me. I listened to your track twice. Your heart and soul come through in this song. I have no songwriting feedback for you other than keep tapping into that place where these lyrics are coming from. I had to go into your SoundCloud page to read your lyrics since they moved me right off the bat. The only production suggestions I have are to make the intro sound stronger and clearer on mic. How did you record this? I would seek out Brian Hazard also on here as a curator and see if he could give you some Mastering tips or production work. From a promotional perspective, you should immediately start collecting email addresses of fans so you can mail them when you're playing around the SF Bay area. What kind of software engineering do you do?  Let me know if you ever play in Oakland near Lake Merritt. I would get a website off Wordpress and set up a twitter handle asap as people search for you on the web and twitter. You have a strong future in songwriting and should spend time in the marketing of yourself and your music. Also, after your demos are produced, get a bandcamp account so you can start posting your music and engaging with fans. Keep it coming! Also, I'm sharing with Amazing Artists and Ysanne, who could perhaps accompany this song on violin.

Liquid Hot Magma submitted media.

1000 Words by Liquid Hot Magma

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is awesome. I love this sound. I'm into reggae and rock so this blend works for me. Thank you for sending this to me. I like the riffing 2:30 in. Nice solo-ing and vibe. Recommending it to some other folks. Great work on the submission. 

Jacob Sherman submitted media.

Shotgun Shells by Jake Knox

Shamal Ranasinghe

I dig this track. Thanks for sending it to me. I don't have any production feedback and am going to share it with my friends. I think you should send this to bloggers and get them to share it. Check out the list here and make sure you ask them to share: https://fluence.io/lists. 

I will recommend some folks you should send this to as I think they would share it. 

Michael Ige submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you for sending this to me. You are the types of artists that Fluence was meant for. I genuinely liked the song and the tune, and the personal meaning of the song. I can't share it because it's not a piece of content that my audience would be into. I also think you need to dramatically improve your video production. I know it's not all about the video production, but the song is good and sometimes the video production can detract from how great the song really is. Have you reached out to Andrea Young from Aspen Beats?  I really love the personal connection to this song and the photos, but I also would love to see something that you can promote widely so people can hear your music.

Zangba Thomson submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you for sending this track to me. I listened to it 3 times to fully understand it. It's not typically the kind of music I listen to or seek out, but this track spoke to me.  I appreciated you posting the lyrics and can feel in the words that this is a personal song for you. I don't have any feedback other than I like it enough to share with my followers. I'm going to recommend some other curators for you to check out. 

Lucien Dante submitted media.

Spark [Prod. by TKANG!!!] by Lucien Dante

Shamal Ranasinghe

I truly love your work. I blogged about your Cradle Germany song: http://madrespect.com/2015/09/29/cradle-me-germany-lucien-dante/. Where can I find the permanent version of that song as your Youtube was taken down. 

This track has tons of progressive house with trance elements. If you want some super critical feedback you could send this to Ari Herstand from Ari's Take specifically asking him for songwriting feedback. It feels a bit too over produced for me. You're a talent with your songwriting. I wonder what it would sound like clean and acoustic.

Shamal

Kolby Knickerbocker submitted media.

Red Dust by Rodello's Machine

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a great song. Thanks for sending it to me. I realize that I'm reviewing it after it expired for me, but I wanted to let you know that I think it's a solid track and am going to share it with my followers. Please let me know when you're playing in San Francisco. I would look to play in the Bay area at the Independent. Reach out to them and try to headline there or open for a similar sounding act. I would also send this Ari Herstand and get his thoughts if you're looking for more precise production and song writing feedback. Also definitely reach out to Andrea Young and see if she'll spin it on her radio station.

William White submitted media.

Kailua Drone Tour by Ryan De Seixas

Shamal Ranasinghe

I saw this after it expired. I loved it. Thank you for sending this to me and taking me on a journey. Your description says test. Please fill it out and send it to more people. Make sure you fill out the description. What are you looking to accomplish with Fluence? The curators here can give you feedback or promote your video. Where is this place?  I want to live there. Message me through the app, and lets keep talking. Send me more of your work!

C B submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thanks for sending me this track. I think it's got great energy and a nice soaring lift. I can imagine this both during a sunrise set on the playa at Burning Man or any other outdoor all night sonic paradise or in a dark sweaty basement of a night club. Kudos man. You've got the production skills. Have you checked out the EDM list on Fluence? https://fluence.io/list/promoting-to-electronic-and-edm-tastemakers-and-curators. I'm going to recommend some, but I think you must have already hit them up. I can't share it with my followers because it's not a 100% hit, but I'm going to follow you on SoundCloud and am going to keep track of your next music.

christopher relevitch submitted media.

Jesus Christ by The Johns

Shamal Ranasinghe

I dig this -- all of it. You guys feel authentic and talented. Your description is one of my all time favorites at Fluence. You must connect with Travis Keller from Buddyhead. He's on Fluence too. Ask him for more recommendations on who to connect to. I think you should also talk to Red Bull Academy. I will forward information to you. Great work! I'm going to also refer you to Ari Herstand who will want to see lyrics and really get into your song and give you feedback. Also, definitely add info in your description so people can find you and your sites and info on how to connect with you. You've got great talent and style, and I can only sense that from your song. I'd love to more but can't hunt for it without help.

Lauren Ray submitted media.

Lauren Ray by Lauren Ray

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a great track. Thank you for sending it to me. Your submission is heartfelt, and I appreciate the context and connection I now have to your song. If you submit it again, please paste the lyrics as I would love to read along. 

I'm going to refer you to a few more curators who may fit your song in their playlists. 

roger kahlon submitted media.

D A N C I N G / A L O N E by r o g e r • s i n g h • k a h l o n

Shamal Ranasinghe

I love this. Thank you for sending this to me. The submission is great and a situation many people can relate to. I dig the vibe, tempo, textured sounds, and writing of this song. Great work! If you send this to Ari (I'll recommend a few folks) make sure you paste the lyrics so people can read along and give you feedback or connect to the submission more. I'm sharing to my followers.

Drew Forsberg submitted media.

Dottie, Queen of the West by The Persian Leaps

Shamal Ranasinghe

Hi There. Thanks for sending this to me. I think your best bet is to make sure you're on the streaming services (see Tunecore) and send your songs to playlisters who could put it in that softer noisepop genre. I think maybe indie coffeehouse playlists may work too. I would have suggested college radio too, but I'm not sure this song has enough of an edge to do well in college radio, but you never know. I'll refer some playlisters to you who could give you feedback and referrals too. 

Shaun Hettinger submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

I really dig this song! Well done. I would recommend putting the lyrics in the submission. Funny thing about the track - I didnt really feel it was sinister but fun and lighthearted. I couldn't digest the lyrics enough to know if you were talking about that or not. I'm going to share this with my followers. Perfect track for a sunny weekend day.

Taylor Alexander submitted media.

LONG WAY ROAD FT. DOC OPTIMO by Taylor Alexander

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you for sending this to me. Fluence was built for artists like you. First of all I like the video and song. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out and find god in it, but I would love to see you rock and funk this out live. I'm going to spread the good word on this track and share to my followers on twitter. I love the way this song mixes up with the rap. You guys must be a great show live. I'm going to recommend to some LA based curators. Coming your way. Talk to Jessie Scoullar who can help you with your marketing and direct to fan site.

Mary Erangey submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

This is a great creative effort. Thank you for sending this to me. It's a great tune and video for a Saturday afternoon. I would highly recommend putting your lyrics in the description for any future submissions. You can update your current submission with lyrics. Have you sent this to Aspen Beat? I'm going to refer you to some folks who I think can help promote you given their overlapping genre styles. Your video is a great way to get people into your song and keep them hooked all the way through. Really well done. 

Classical Oasis submitted media.

Take Me To Church (Cover) by Classical Oasis

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thank you for sending this to me. I absolutely love this project in many ways. I'm definitely sharing it to my followers as I think they'd appreciate. The video is brilliant in and simple. It's not overly produced but has heart and feeling. You have created a beautiful worthy platform. I want to do as much as I can to support it. I went to your site and downloaded the four songs. The world is moving into streaming now. Make sure you have playlists set up to share all over including Spotify, etc. The email upsell on your site is a bit too much. It makes the site look like a SPAM trap or fake. You must lead with the inspiring spirit of your project -- especially that video. It should be on the home page available for everyone to see. Relegate the email capture but keep it prioritized above the fold. Send this to Ysanne, Amazing Artists, Dave Kusek, and many more...

Paul Mattis submitted media.

Shamal Ranasinghe

Thanks for sending this to me. I like the theme of your track in that it's freedom in a lot of dimensions -- for you personally in your choice of craft, and also the song builds slowly where it feels like the sound is in a dark, dull place and then peaks out in classic EDM buildups and break-down. I can see this be big in Europe as it's a classic Ibiza sound. I'm going to refer you to some folks. It's not something I could share as my audience and followers are not into this kind of music. I would expand your classification a bit as progressive house doesn't quite convey what a banger this is. Check out the Modala agency who have worked with The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, and many other hard EDM artists. They can help you craft a larger campaign.

Elliott Sencan submitted media.

Rocket League Theme Song "Firework" by Hollywood Principle

Shamal Ranasinghe

I'm going to refer you to some PR folks. Have you checked the Fluence lists for PR people? https://fluence.io/lists. I can't share this to my own networks since it's not a full track. 

Tim Kuhl submitted media.

Tim Kuhl - Drive by Tim Kuhl

Shamal Ranasinghe

Wow...this is awesome and unique. It's so refreshing to see this as it's not a cookie cutter template at all. Everything from the focus of your mouths, the main dancer protagonist moving in her discombobulated yet sensible ways, the tension, and discordant sounds... I've watched it twice, read the lyrics, and I'm still not sure what's going on, but I appreciate the art.