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Todd Underwood’s ‘Upside Down’ is a mixture of experience and perfection..


With the 2021 release of Upside Down, Todd Underwood looks to build on his success and experience to achieve the notoriety he has worked hard for many years. With his extensive proficiency in guitar, bass, and vocals, Todd is also a Recording Engineer, Mix and Mastering Engineer, and active Producer. With these skills Todd has released Sixteen albums, many with bands he has collaborated with, however in 2017 he began releasing albums under his name. His first release, Unfortunate Day is a culmination of many years of songs residing on a hard drive that was not used in other bands, songs recorded from 2001 on, with the expectation of a future release. His second release, When I Took My Watch Off, tackles themes of life issues, getting older, and the emotional dynamic of children becoming adults. His third release, Color, and Contrast, tackles issues of empathy, regret, hope, and spiritual challenge. His fourth release, Reflectings Acustico is an all-organic acoustic album highlighting his songwriting and vocals. Todd inherited a record store from his father in 1988, which he continued to operate until 2001. Here, Todd learned about the music business, the hardships, the rewards, and the pitfalls to avoid. Todd pays tribute to his father on his release When I Took My Watch Off, with a song highlighting his emotional journey of running a record store for over a decade. Todd was also able to teach guitar from his record store as well as the local college. At 16, Todd built his home studio complete with ½ inch tape (which later updated to ADAT). From here Todd learned the subtler points of recording guitar and vocals, twelve of his albums were the product.

Being a member of countless bands, Todd Underwood played with Sly and the Family Stone bassist and shared the stage with Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. In 1988, Todd answered an ad, (and won the spot) in the San Diego Reader for music for a BMX video. From here Todd was able to write theme songs for commercials and TV series, many of which can still be heard today.

His new single “Upside Down” is taken from the brand new album with thesame title and serves as a taster of what fans can expect from the album.

Mainstream music hasn’t felt as heavy as it should in a long time, and while I don’t know for certain, it seems to me that Todd Underwood was inspired by the lack of weighty riffage when they were putting together their new single “Upside Down” .

Underwood leads an onslaught of textured brutality in “Upside Down” that goes against the grain of everything modern rock has established itself to be, and if you were hoping for a bit of old school carnage to spice up your playlist this spring, it makes a near-perfect addition by all measurements.

The lead vocal in this track is at times guttural and as beefy as the bassline is, but personally, I think it complements the tonality of the guitar parts here better than any single element ever could have. Underwood straddles the beat in “Upside Down” like he’s riding a raging bull; while he’s clearly adhering to the principles of rock efficiency with regard to the structure of the hook, he isn’t afraid to get a little aesthetically indulgent when it serves the material well. His younger peers could learn a lot from the balance he’s laying down here, and moreover, his approach to recording powerhouse rock in general.

“Upside Down” is the heady dose of prescription thunder that a lot of us needed most this March, and if it’s any indication as to what we should expect to be hearing out of the #toddunderwood camp in the near future, I think the 2021s are going to be a lot more prosperous for this enigmatic frontman.

We decided to catch up with Todd Underwood for an interview to discover more about this legend in the making…

What inspired me to get into music?
I was forced when I was younger to learn to play the guitar and I didn’t enjoy it that much until my parents stopped making me do it. It was only then that I really picked it up because I wanted to, not because I was forced to. Eventually, I saw how much of a creative outlet it was for me. I love creating music! From the songwriting to the recording, layering, producing!

How would you describe your music?

Early on I was into bands like The Police and AC/DC. Eventually, I turned to punk such as 7 Seconds and Black Flag. After that phase, I really got into Funk Rock/Metal such at the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. That leads to a love of more sophisticated bands such as Kings X. Finally when I owned a music store some of my employees were really into Emo and would play that all day and I learned to love the emotional part of that. So my music today is a mix of all of that!

What would you say is your recording and songwriting style?

At one point in time, I used to write and record music for sports television. It was all instrument and guitar/rock-based. I’ve built on that with my solo albums which of course are not instrumental. My recording style is very modern and I like to keep things as organic as possible. So even if I’m making a sound that’s not a guitar or bass etc, I sample the real thing. My songwriting style tends to be broody. I like introspection and reflection.

Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
I still want to be able to do what I’m doing as a solo artist and release whatever I’m coming up with creatively at the time but I also have a high interest in helping other bands/projects as a mix/master engineer and a producer.

Where can music fans listen to your music?
I’m on all streaming platforms just under my name Todd Underwood

Listen to music from Todd Underwood by clicking on any of the links below;
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Erik Knear talks new music and his career so far…


About 20 years ago, Erik Knear had an idea to write an autobiographical album about his life and like a man on a mission. He decided to put his dream into action and has now delivered a  musical diary/concept album based on his journey through life so far. As more and more things changed in his life, the original idea of one album grew into three. The concept became a sort of therapy that helped him through some of the darkest and most challenging times in his life. He structured the three albums to flow like the chapters of a book. Each album consisting of two chapters. The whole idea of MELODIA is to take the listener on a journey through melodies that feels like a forgotten memory and that is a trip and one which most new age music artists today have forgotten.

We decided to catch up with Erik Knear for an interview to discuss his music career so far…

What inspired you to get into music?
I’ve always been inspired by the songwriter and how he/she structures the song. I love listening to the layers of instruments, sounds, and harmonies. From the start, I’ve wanted to emulate well-written songs like “God Only Knows” or anything from Lennon/McCartney.

How would you describe your music?
Melodic Rock. For me, the melody is the foundation. Rock is the best genre to describe it. Even though it isn’t always heavy, it still falls in that category.

What would you say is your recording and songwriting style?
My songwriting style is a little strange. I will be the first to say that I absolutely think that music has already existed somehow in the ethos. I simply try to open up and let those songs come to be. Don’t think! Recording is a whole different beast. That is where I try to let the song be what it wants to be. I can go through 10 different versions of a song; tempos, styles, instruments until it gets to where it feels right.

 Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
I am so happy to be making music at this point in time. Before today’s ability to put music out there for the world to hear, musicians had to, more or less, sell themselves and compromise their music to meet the demands of some old record exec. I am so glad that music is able to be heard the way it was intended to be heard.
In five years, I hope that more people around the world will hear and appreciate my music.

Where can music fans listen to your music?
That’s what’s so great about music today. People can literally listen to my music anywhere music can be heard. Just search my name and you will find it. Take a listen. I really think you will enjoy all of my MELODIA albums.

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Have you got issues with your posture?


The complications of poor posture include back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders, and a potbelly. Suggestions to improve your posture include regular exercise and stretching, ergonomic furniture, and paying attention to the way your body feels.

If you want an example of good posture, just look at a young child – their back shows a graceful ‘S’ curve, and their movements are easy and effortless. As we get older, bad habits such as slouching and inactivity cause muscle fatigue and tension that ultimately lead to poor posture. The complications of poor posture include back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders, and a potbelly.

You can improve your posture and spinal health by making a few lifestyle adjustments.
Symptoms of poor posture can include:
Rounded shoulders
Bent knees when standing or walking
Head that either leans forward or backward
Back pain
Body aches and pains
Muscle fatigue

If you are worried about possible solutions? Nelex has created a product to help transform the postures of millions. Their goal is to empower people to claim back their energy, focus, and wellbeing through better posture.

We decided to interview the Founders behind Nelex to find out more about this new pioneering product;
How did your product, service, come about?
We (Nick, Lewis, Xavier) have been working from home since the pandemic started. Since then we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about our work from home setup so that we can work effectively, having it comfortable and ergonomic, and we’ve chatted to each other about what works best. We’ve had struggles with aches and pains from poor posture whilst working from home. We wanted to find a solution to this, and help others with the same problems, and decided to set up Nelex.

What is the inspiration behind your brand name?
Simple really, Nick, Lewis, Xavier -> N, L, X -> Nelex

What would you say has been your single proudest moment so far?
I think just coming together as friends to create something in the pandemic. It’s been a really fun process to get a business started, and something to take our minds off the hard times at the moment.

Where do you see your brand in 5 years time?
We’re hoping to grow Nelex to provide more accessories that can help improve peoples’ health and wellbeing whilst working from home, or anywhere!

What would you say is your unique selling point?
We’ve gone through the struggles that most people have whilst working from home. We use and test all the products we provide ourselves and are really passionate about what we do.

How can customers find out more about your brand?
Follow us on facebook or instagram:

Click here  to visit Nelex today and transform your posture

Paprika bring a touch of Balkan music to the world…


Paprika is one of the UK’s leading Balkan music bands, known for their electrifying and energizing performances that immediately captivate a listener and lure them into the world of Balkan music. Coming from unique educational and musical backgrounds ranging from traditional folk, over jazz and rock, to classical music, the band fuses together all these styles with the Balkan, Gypsy, and Eastern European music to create their own distinctive sound of whirlwind performance.

The members of Paprika are:
Miloš Milivojević – accordion
Živorad Nikolić – accordion
Vladimir Štrkalj – guitar
Rastko Rašić – drums
Marko Tešić – violin
Peter Bakaja – bass

The album consists of 11 tunes coming from different regions in the Balkans, including Romania, Serbia, and Macedonia. The music encompasses fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms that are interspersed with lilting laments. In addition to our own unique arrangements of favorite Balkan tunes, we are very fortunate to have
two original tunes on our album composed just for us: one by our very own Živorad
Nikolić and another by a well-known Serbian accordionist Boban Prodanović.

Right from the start of “ Silk Thread,” one of eleven stellar new tracks to be found on their new album, there’s no getting away from the chunky beat that seems to make the song so urgent and full of vitality. That beat doesn’t take any sort of time to grab our attention with both hands and draw us into a vortex of sublime melodies and neon griffs that color lush music arrangement instead of the other way around. Boasting a startlingly strong amount of tone and rhythm for a modern album, and a  record that you definitely want to give a spin this  March.

The texture of tracks like “Deskovo Oro,” “I’ve been upset since childhood,” “Dilemma” and the aforementioned “Silk Thread” creates a volatile mood to match the freewheeling, experimental vibe of the music, and I would even say that it subsequently forges more of a defined narrative for these songs.

For the most part, the musical content of Wild Wild East is pretty zany and out there, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it bloated or self-serving. If anything, this is a lot more centered which makes me realize just how far this Paprika as a group have come in a relatively short amount of time.


We decided to catch up for a quick interview with Vladimir from Paprika

What inspired you to get into music?
We have released our 2nd album “Wild, Wild East” in November 2019, just before Covid-19 hit and unfortunately didn’t yet have any chances to promote the album live, so are looking now for any reviews to help us.

How would you describe your music?
Our music comes from Balkan, Eastern Europe. You can find more info about it in the links. It belongs in the World Music Genre.

What would you say is your recording and songwriting style?
For me personally, I got into music early when I was 8 years old, starting on classical piano and then moving to electric guitar at the age of 14, having been inspired by blues and rock music. I moved from Serbia to London in 2009 and joined the band which made me stay in the UK and play music for a living.

Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years’ time?
I would like to see the band playing more live shows (hopefully live music will come back to where it was before the pandemic), and also recording more and possibly doing some collaborations with artists from a similar genre but also from various other genres – jazz, classical, improvisational, pop.

Where can music fans listen to your music?
Paprika is on Spotify, iTunes, Youtube.

The album can be previewed and purchased here:

You can also here Paprika on youtube:

DAV!D&CLARA releases new single “Cut my baby loose,” 


In his latest single, titled “Cut my baby lose,”u DAV!D&CLARA continues to impress critics and fans alike with his warm tonality, earnest lyrical style, and humble poeticisms – the best of which, I might add, could well be contained within the three and a half minutes this song runs.

The voice ascends into the heavens with a simple strut, but beyond his black and white delivery, there’s very little in “Cut my baby loose,” that I would describe as being unelaborate in nature. Like a warm ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy afternoon, this is one track almost guaranteed to shift your mood towards the positive no matter how many times it’s been played before.

I absolutely love the emotional depth created by the harmony between the vocal and the instrumental structure parts in the track, and whether you’ve been following DAV!D&CLARA’s career thus far or are just now getting into his music for the very first time, I think it’s clear that there isn’t anything forced in his execution here.

With lyrics such as “It’s a fire, burning deep in my desire. I love you, baby, there’ll never be another like you, in my heart, every beat, so much time stolen from us, but it’s still all love, love love. we’re killing each other, ain’t it sweet nothing, ain’t sweet suffering, hook: break my bones, take my eyes, string me up, let me bleed.
without your love, I ain’t nothing anyway leave my heart to beat once more, blindly in love, only for you. I can’t cut my baby loose, can’t cause I can’t give it up, it’s torture, but I love the burn on my cuts, just can’t cut my baby loose” It is clear that DAV!D&CLARA is focused on matters of the heart with this song and he manages to certainly put his thoughts and mind across in more ways than one

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Triple Grammy nominated music veteran releases new single


Introducing 25-year music veteran; Anthony Casuccio whose audio production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards and has topped various charts across the world as a producer and engineer, bandleader, and songwriter for the band A&L that had nine top 20 songs on various U.K.

He is back with new song ‘Friends First and Anthony has Collaborated with Gino Mirizio – international drummer/percussionist based in Toronto and Robin Grandin – a musical powerhouse who played bass and added the catchy harmonies. At its core, Anthony Casuccio’s new single “Friends First” has everything required to become a staple in the modern country genre. Right from the moment that we hear the vibrant sound at the onset of the song, it’s abundantly clear what we’re in for in this three and a half minute country opus.

There are no halfhearted attempts at alternative stylization here, nor are there are many moments in which the song actually sounds even remotely impure in their collective aesthetical collaborations. If you came looking for the predictable fodder of an FM country song in this single, you’re in for quite the surprise; in this hot track, mainstream artificial tones are replaced with a lively enthusiasm for the genre that just can’t be taught (nor faked).

We decided to catch up with Anthony Casuccio for a brief interview…

What inspired you to get into music?
I always say that music chooses you. What you do with that passion and feeling is up to you. I could not fight that feeling of creating music. So I turned it into a profession. From producing to teaching and now performing my music.

How would you describe your music?
This song is a country/pop song.

What would you say is your recording and songwriting style?
I usually work an idea out on my guitar. Then I create a demo of the song and work out my idea and finalize the words. From there I will then go into the recording studio to record the finalized version. On Friends First, I had a special inspiration to capture my feelings through song. My intention was not to release this, but the fully produced version turned out so well that I had to release it.

Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
I have had a wonderful 25 years in the music industry. I am hoping to continue releasing music and I hope to grow my audience.

Where can music fans listen to your music?
Where ever music is streamed or downloaded.

Song can be streamed here:

“Her Song” new single from Thai artist hits all the right notes


Introducing Napaht Na Nongkhai aka Arya Rita. A singer, songwriter, and actor in NYC born and raised in Thailand with a brand new single ‘Her Song’.

Steeped in adrenaline but chill-inducing in a way that is only possible when a sense of urgency finds no relief, the beats that power the backend of Napaht Na Nongkhai aka Arya Rita’s “Her Song” are much a cornerstone of the singer/songwriter’s construction of a narrative in this track.

While Napaht Na Nongkhai aka Arya Rita has been quite the groove-laden month for indie pop around the world, “Her Song” is easily one of this year’s best debuts and a terrific way of getting to know its enigmatic creator.

Instrumentally speaking, this single is pretty elaborate for being classified as a straight-up pop song, and I can see why many of my fellow critics have been reticent to do so. There are a lot of influences in play here – and we managed to catch up with her for an interview…

What inspired me to get into music?
Since I could remember, I was already walking around with a fake guitar hanging from my neck and holding a plastic microphone that had candies in them. I got more serious into classical music when I saw a movie ’Season Change’ about a performing arts high school in Thailand, which I attended as a theatre voice major when I was a freshman. I always loved singing and music, but I would say that I got into writing when I realized that instead of just delivering other artists’ messages, I could deliver mine.

How would I describe my music?
I write songs about other people. Like my debut song is not about me. I wrote it for someone and from their perspective. My other songs that haven’t yet to be released are from my perspective, but other people’s stories. I write about how special someone is. Sometimes I write hoping to lift up somebody and keep them going.

What would I say is my recording and songwriting style?
It’s pop/R&B with little modernized Thai riffs in there.

Where would I like to see my music career in 5 years’ time?
Sign contracts with both the U.S and Thailand. Because I am also an actor, I would love to be in a musical TV show or a film that I get to sing my own songs. I know someday I want to create an album that each music video is a sequel, so basically, that whole album is equal a movie.

Where can music fans listen to music?
My music is on many major platforms such as Spotify, amazon music, Apple, and etc.

Click here on Spotify to listen to ‘Her Song’

MUSICMulti-Talented Keyboardist Paints a Positive Picture for the Future Despite the Current Social Strife in America


Peace Will Come”, the single/video from Long Island-based Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Music Industry Executive Teddy Wender is now available on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Apple Music.



In just under a year, our world has irreversibly changed. An invisible virus has ravaged the globe, devastating families and changing the way that humans have behaved since the dawn of time.

Yet despite these isolating and threatening circumstances, millions have come together to remind us that real change comes when we unite during difficult times. The time for peace, safety and equality for ALL people is right now.

“Peace Will Come” is an anthem of love, peace, equality, and hope. It has been viewed on the internet over 100,000 times, and has been heard on commercial, internet and public radio to great reviews. The song is the love child of native New Yorkers, Teddy Wender and Neil Rosengarden, co-produced by Chris “The Fourz” Brown. The result of decades of friendship and brotherhood that can only be sustained by empathy, acceptance, and ultimately love.

The song implores us to stand beside our brothers and help them out when they are down, and warns us that unless we show a little kindness, we’re setting up for our demise. An essential and pertinent message for our quickly evolving world.

“With the nation being at such crossroads, with over 600,000 deaths due to the pandemic, resulting in millions of jobs lost, and a dramatic rise in racial injustice not seen since the 60’s, political polarization is at an all-time high, peace, love and understanding is all we need now.  It’s time to work together and this song says just that.  Please join us to try to make a better world for our kids.”– Ted Wender

Teddy continues to look forward and is currently in the studio readying his second single “Just Like A Soul Train” off the forthcoming album Theo.  It’s a future classic, and with the COVID vaccine getting into the arms of people, and things beginning to open up, his hope is that people will hear this song and feel the urge to dance.

Teddy Wender is a living legend in New York City and a lifelong keyboardist/singer/arranger/producer and songwriter. Teddy, founding member of the New-Wave band 3-D on Polydor Records, who appeared on Saturday Night Live when the cast still included Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

He’s toured alongside U2, The Ramones, The Cars, J. Geil’s Band, Eddie Money and South Side Johnny. Additionally, Teddy’s played keys for the likes of Ric Derringer, Dr. John, Odetta, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Gordon Waller, Ray Draper, Gary Stewart, Michael Powers and Loudon Wainwright III.

Teddy’s seen success as a pop songwriter, writing dance hits like, “What The Funk” and “Get Up And Dance” for The Memphis Horns / Doobie Brothers on RCA. He served as a label executive signing blues legend and guitarist Michael Powers and Pop singer Cyndi Phillips to Smooth Records.

Teddy designed, owned, and operated Data Bank / Big Noise / and Protown Studios, the infamous home to so many hip-hop / R&B and Indie Rock artist for over 30 years. Ted wrote song parodies on Howard Stern’s A&E show, and scored the music for the syndicated TV show Overhaulin’ currently on the Velocity Channel. Ted is currently the keyboardist for Long Island’s Red White & Blues Band.

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Lockdown community heroes are celebrated on Nottingham Castle walls



A DAZZLING photography display was projected on the walls of Nottingham Castle on Thursday night (17 Feb) putting local heroes, including paramedics and community workers, at the heart of its countdown to reopening in 2021.

The spectacular ‘Nottingham’s In Your Face’ project showcased the faces of 100 residents on its walls – from NHS employees and teachers, charity workers and community leaders, poets and artists, campaigners, activists and more – alongside historical figures, such as the city’s notorious and rebellious outlaw Robin Hood and quotes from well-known local poets, rappers and writers.

Due to the UK lockdown restrictions, the event was captured digitally and hosted across Nottingham Castle’s social media channels. The castle is planning to stage the projection in full later in the year, when restrictions have eased, to allow the community and the people of Nottingham to enjoy the display in the castle grounds, which are due to open in the Spring.

Nurse practitioner and participant Juliet Wright said: “I have lived in Nottingham for more than 30 years and actually discovered that my grandfather and his heritage is grounded in this city, so this project was such an exciting opportunity for me.

“As a nurse, working in an inner-city GP surgery, my role is very much centred around encouraging patients to take control of their health and to also ensure I provide the best possible care. This year has been tough for the NHS and key workers, so it’s an honour to represent my community and the castle.”

Josh Osoro Pickering, engagement and participation officer at Nottingham Castle, said: “It was hugely important to us that we launch the lead up to Nottingham Castle’s reopening, by putting the people of our city on the castle walls. This striking artwork is a celebration of our diverse local communities, our essential workers, campaigners and creative talents, but the main intention of the project was to make a bold statement.

“Historically the castle walls were built to keep people out and we wanted to repurpose them. By seeing a wide representation of local people projected onto this historical site, we want everyone to know that the Nottingham Castle is their space – a welcoming, vibrant, creative place that belongs to them.”

Nottingham’s In Your Face, which was commissioned by Nottingham Castle and Nottingham BID and created by Vent Media, is the first of a series of cultural events that will take place at Nottingham Castle in the lead up to its re-opening. Participants of the event also included, NTU student Suleman Salim, paramedic Rosea Poynter and poet, archivist and PhD researcher Panya Banjoko.

To find out more about Nottingham Castle, please visit: https://www.nottinghamcastle.org.uk/

Raymo’s latest single belongs in your playlists. Here’s why.


Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, Raymo writes effortless pop songs, yet is a formidable musician who has earned earning high-level credibility, including Winner-Best Dance/Electronic Recording for his single “Give Me Your Love” in the 2020 Indie Music Channel Awards well as dozen of placements in TV and film.

These days, the lines between dance music and pop have disappeared, and the world’s biggest DJs are just as likely to be headlining festivals, as they are swank Vegas clubs. Yet “Give Me Your Love,” with its pummeling electro riffs and soaring EDM/pop synths, stands as tall as anything released by the genre’s biggest names.

Certain dance tracks make no sense in any context other than blaring from dance floor speakers at a volume bordering on lethal. “Give Me Your Love” is one of them. This track’s electro-disco production functions like a VR headset that instantly makes you feel like you are cruising down a coastal highway in an expensive sports car, in the dead of night during a summer freedom ride in the ’80s. However, Raymo’s silken vocals betray it with an existential yearning, making “Give Me Your Love” a deceptively smooth soundtrack to potential trouble in paradise that is pure dance floor earworm.

The lyrics are salacious without being exploitative and the slick pop-electro romantic music will make you want to hit the dance floor and perhaps even show some skin as well. Crank it loud and feel your inhibitions crushed by the jackboot of pop hybrid EDM stormtroopers.

“Give Me Your Love” is a feel-good synthesizer-driven track that blurs the lines between pop and dance music but that stands as a beacon to show that music is a way of bringing people together on a dance floor, that people are good, and that they relish in being reminded about a thing called love.

Listen if you like: Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, or David Guetta.

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