Shattered Generation fall ‘Out of Line’ with new single

Rock group set to release new single May 26th

Based in Nottingham, four piece glam rock group Shattered Generation are looking to make 2014 their breakthrough year.

Their new single ‘Out of Line’ could well be the track to do it, opening with an astonishing, complex guitar riff before giving way to chunky distorted chords and solid rock rhythms and vocals.

Twitter: @ShatteredGen

Shattered Generation:
Johnny Wildheart (vocals)
Lexi Black (lead guitar)
Acie Wilson (bass guitar)
Jonno Gosling (drums)

This is excellent, fun rock inspired by the hits of the 80s, an environment where Shattered Generation find themselves more than comfortable and which has allowed them to play alongside Guns 2 Roses (the largest Guns’n'Roses’ tribute band) as well as with fellow up and comers The Peckham Cowboys and The Brink.

Their songs have drawn plenty of attention, not least legendary producers Dito Godwin (Motley Crue, No Doubt) and Jon Moon (Pink Floyd, Bryan Adams), who have both had a hand in their new material. And with the support of these two heavyweights, their sound will likely continue to grow and mature.

It’s all the more impressive considering that lead vocalist Johnny, notable for his energetic on stage performances, has a heart condition which necessitated the insertion of a pace maker last year.

Now though, with that enforced break behind them, Shattered Generation are going from strength to strength – as signalled by this great new single.

If you’d like to hear more from the guys, listen to their previous single ‘Young, Wild N Free’ here:

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Interview with Cali Miles


  • MuzicNotez Crew: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you Cali, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
    • Cali Miles: Thank YOU! I appreciate the support!
  • MuzicNotez Crew: What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?
    • Cali Miles: I started writing songs when I was 9 years old. I remember singing Whitney Houston’s The Greatest love of All for all my parent’s friends and neighbors. I also started my first girl group when I was 9. I’ve always been a writer and performer as far back as I can remember.
  • MuzicNotez Crew: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
    • Cali Miles: I grew up Listening to Whitney, Mariah Carey, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. I’m also influenced by 90′s Hip Hop and R&B. I remember rapping Salt-N-Pepa and singing SWV on the playground! Pop stars and Boy bands were all the rage when I was growing up, but I’ve also always loved old school R&B and Soul music. My mother had me listening to Linda Ronstadt and studying musical theater. I think that’s where my versatility comes from.
  • MuzicNotez Crew: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?

    • Cali Miles: I saw R&B singer Joe perform at the House of Blues in Cleveland. I got to meet him afterward and hang out and sing for him. His music really made me fall in love with R&B and want to be an R&B singer, so finally meeting him and telling him how much he’d inspired me was epic!
  • MuzicNotez Crew: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
    • Cali Miles: I recently realized that I’m not just here to make fun pop music. I’m very passionate about a lot of issues and feel it’s my responsibility to share that passion and my knowledge with people. The overall message is love and unity, and always girl power! I want to encourage people to question what they’ve always been told or taught to believe. Too many people just go along with what they see on TV. I want to wake people up and inspire them become proactive!


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Phil Collins, Alan Sillitoe and jazz; new album from jazz composer and musician John Aram

John Aram to release single ‘EDT (Envie de Toi)’ on 19th May ahead of album ‘You and I’ to be released on 2nd June.

John Aram is a well known name among jazz musicians. He has worked extensively with legends like Tim Garland, Kenny Wheeler and Scott Stroman along with huge names in funk like Bob Babbit and the Funk Brothers Band. In addition, Aram is Musical Director at the International School of Geneva, where he now lives, and also regularly conducts the Swiss Jazz Orchestra.

Probably his closest collaborator is Phil Collins. John worked closely with him on Collins’ album ‘Going Back’ (2010), writing many arrangements, booking musicians, supervising recording and going on tour. Daryl Stuermer, also of Genesis, plays guitar on ‘Stuck on You’ from Aram’s forthcoming album ‘You and I’. Aram and Phil Collins are in fact close friends and Collins has contributed to many of his musical projects over the years.

It is a busy spring period for Aram. Aside from his album (see below) he is also due to release “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ Suite’; his ode to Alan Sillitoe’s post war classic novel of the same name, featuring Kenny Wheeler. Aram, hailing from Nottingham like Sillitoe, was in close contact with the author during his writing of the jazz suite in 2010. Tragically, Sillitoe died in the same year just before it was finished so never heard it, as a result Aram decided not to release ‘The Suite’ as a physical disc. He had now taken the decision to release it on vinyl with artwork from Video artist Joss Sessions.

You can listen here:

‘You and I’

Aram therefore has a huge wealth of experience in the worlds of jazz and funk, which he has used brilliantly in his new single ‘EDT (Envie de Toi); due to, be released 20th May. The track takes his jazz influences and puts them in a funk / disco context giving the track popular potential beyond its appeal to 70s soul connoisseurs. In has the feeling of a Chic comeback track, a Bruno Mars disco revival number of even of a latter day Michael Jackson. Half way through, however, we get a taste of Aram’s jazz background with a hefty Rhodes solo played by Jason Rebello. It’s a solo reminiscent of Roy Ayers on the vibes or a George Benson guitar solo on one of his funkier numbers.

The rest of ‘You and I’ follows similar themes whilst trying to stretch them in different directions. Very much a concept album, all music is heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, even down to the artwork , by Cyril Obadia used for the album. Tracks like ‘Stronger’ and ‘Stuck on you’ follow the soul disco revival route featuring some brilliant vocals and irresistible solos on each. ‘In the Air’ and ‘You and I’ slow the pace down and move closer to a soul ballad in the mould of Earth, Wind and Fire or even Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. ‘In the Air’ features beautiful vocals from Amy Keys and from cult American hip-hop artist Rootwords. ‘In the Air’ is particularly close to Aram’s heart as it was written for his wife who was suffering from breast cancer at the time.

There is a great feeling of fun and spontaneity in the album, which reflects the way it was made and thought up in the first place. It wasn’t originally planned at all. Aram and his band were on tour in the UK (London in fact) and had a gig cancelled so, realising he was still paying them, decided they might as well have some fun and make an album! Not all jazz quintets are this productive. They decided to make music which they loved but didn’t always get a chance to play: funk, soul, Motown, and Stevie Wonder covers which you will find on the bonus tracks of the album; material Aram had played with Phil Collins before and not had the chance to make himself. The full album did, however, take over a year to complete in recording studios all over the world, from New York to Switzerland, ensuring only the very best musicians were to be featured that fit the style of music that Aram wanted to create.

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Kylie Marcus ‘Yellow Shirt’

Kylie Marcus is a 21-year old American Pop/R&B singer—a female Bruno Mars. Imagine the musical offspring of Barbara Streisand and James Brown and you have a glimpse into the soul of Kylie Marcus.

“Kylie has this voice, a force of its own, that almost exists by itself,” says record producer/songwriter Jean-Michel Soupraya. “It’s somewhere between jazz and soul, somewhere between strong and tender, somewhere between Streisand and Winehouse. She really doesn’t sound like anyone else, she just sounds good—she sounds like Kylie Marcus.”

With her debut EP, No Disguise, set to release in early 2014, Kylie delivers a well-rounded selection that showcases all facets of her Pop/R&B sound. In “Yellow Shirt,” her first single releasing alongside the EP, Kylie gets people on their feet. She rides the groove into “Butterfly,” adds a touch of jazz with “Something Wrong,” and conquers the ballad “Walk On Water”. In “The Real Me,” Kylie drops a rhyme and opens a window into her personal life.

Despite the parental advisory warning and the relevant Urban Pop influence, Kylie is all soul when she sings. In every song she tells a truth, a story—hers or one she has personally witnessed—with a wisdom and honesty that is simultaneously refreshing and nostalgic.

Whether Pop/R&B is your thing or not, there is no question Kylie Marcus is doing her thing. “I’ll be me in my music, because I need to be. This is what I do for me; and if I’m lucky I’ll get to keep doing it for others too.”

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Kendal Thompson ‘Be Mine’

Surprised, that’s what I am. Surprised that ‘Be Mine’ doesn’t have more plays than is does have now. How can you not dig this track?!

I mean, holy hell, this is one catchy track! With the almost tribalish beat, it’s hard not to dance! And top that off with Kendal Thompson’s soulful yet vulnerable vocals, if this doesn’t please your inner eardrum, I don’t know what will!

So get up… Pump up the volume… Turn up the bass… And shake what ya momma gave ya!

Check in with Kendal Thompson on:
Twitter: @KendalThompson
iTunes: Single ‘Be Mine’
This was presented by The Dutch Guy

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