NY PodCat: Crafting Musical Harmony

NY PodCat: Crafting Musical Harmony

Unique Sound, Timeless Appeal

NY PodCat, comprising the dynamic duo Li Mann and partner Pete Sawchuck, resonates with a unique blend of pop sensibilities and rock-infused melodies. With Li and Pete both taking the lead on vocals, their sound echoes the iconic harmonies reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, yet with a contemporary twist. Breaking stereotypes, they embark on a musical journey, proving that age is no barrier to artistic expression. Their mutual love for rock music serves as a compass, guiding their creative endeavors towards authentic and soul-stirring compositions.

Unwavering passion

Li’s classical piano background intertwined with Pete’s early accordion adventures paved the way for their musical odyssey. From childhood gigs to college compositions, their shared passion for music propelled them towards a professional career. Drawing inspiration from diverse genres, they immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of musical influences, embracing everything from classic rock to contemporary hits. Their unwavering passion and their propensity for blending humor and heartfelt dedication for music fuels their craft and perseverance.

A central and inclusive message of Love

For NY PodCat, success transcends conventional metrics, encompassing the joy of creating original music, charting their own path and sharing the message of love. Their journey is a testament to the belief that true fulfillment lies in pursuing one’s passion with unwavering determination, surrounding oneself with a supportive community and sharing love as far and wide as possible.

Future Endeavors and Musical Delights

NY PodCat invites listeners to join them on their musical escapade. Their Christmas single “Ring All the Bells (O Bambino)” enchanted audiences during the 2023 holidays. Their first 2024 single Silence reigns is accompanies love in the heart of all Valentines on the 14th of February. They promise that more music will soon grace  their official website and streaming platforms, inviting all to experience the magic of NY PodCat firsthand, and their unwavering message of love.

Meet NALA: The Majestic NY PodCat Street Cat

All throughout their adventures, Li & Pete remain the dedicated custodians of an illustrious feline princess, NALA. Bearing the name of a goddess, NALA commands attention with her captivating gaze and playful demeanor. She weaves her way into the hearts of her human companions, asserting her authority with a well-timed nose kiss or a mischievous leap. But NALA’s realm extends beyond the confines of the city streets. In the cozy confines of her residence, she reigns as an indoor feline goddess, a testament to her irresistible charm and boundless spirit. As her human companions, Pete and Li, embark on new adventures, NALA stands as a loyal companion, ready to lend her voice to their musical escapades. With her royal presence, NALA adds a touch of whimsy and enchantment to their creative endeavors.

Embrace the Melody, Join the Journey

NY PodCat’s melodic tapestry weaves a narrative of passion for music, perseverance in their craft, and boundless creativity. As they embark on new musical adventures, they invite you to embrace the melody and join them on a journey filled with love, joy, rhythm, harmony, and endless possibilities.

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NY PodCat release Silence Reigns

NY PodCat release Silence Reigns

About Silence Reigns

“Silence Reigns (Acoustic Mix 1)” emerges as a testament to the power force that is Li Mann and Pete Sawchuck, better known as NY PodCat. It also showcases Pete Sawchuck’s craft as he plays all the instruments (except the violin) and Li Mann’s enduring creativity. The track originates from a spark on an old Casio keyboard years ago and blossomed into a fully realized composition only recently. Originally christened simply as “Silence,” Mann’s renaming of the track reflects a deliberate effort to distinguish it from its namesake counterparts while aligning seamlessly with its thematic essence. Beginning and concluding with the evocative refrain, “Silence reigns in the dark of night…,” the song’s evolution feels organic, its acoustic iteration merely the first of many envisioned variations.

Upcoming alternative versions

NY PodCat’s multifaceted vision extends beyond the acoustic realm, with plans for softer vocal and instrumental mixes, as well as a grandiose “BIG rock ballad” rendition featuring full band instrumentation. The trajectory of the song’s development intertwines with Mann’s theatrical endeavors, notably as a poignant duet within the acclaimed musical comedy “Save the Girl,” which she co-wrote with Daniel Guzman. This serendipitous collaboration found fruition during the New Works Festival in NYC, where Mann’s songwriting prowess shone amidst a constellation of original compositions.

The violin dimension

The addition of Ayran Nicodemo’s violin artistry, facilitated by modern digital connectivity, enriches the arrangement with a haunting elegance, complementing the sampled string section to perfection. Mann’s marvel at the global collaboration facilitated by technology underscores the transformative nature of contemporary music production, wherein boundaries dissolve, and creativity knows no geographic confines.

Happy Valentine!

As NY PodCat continues to craft and curate their sonic tapestry, their embrace of the digital era’s musical landscape is palpable. While the allure of the full-length album persists, the ethos of the single as a standalone artistic statement resonates anew, echoing the golden age of vinyl in a digital guise. With distribution channels spanning from their official website at nypodcat.com to major streaming platforms, Mann’s dream of a Valentine’s month release is now realized, a fitting tribute to the enduring theme of love woven into NY PodCat’s expanding repertoire.

In the name of Love

In this symphony of creativity, NY PodCat invites listeners on a journey where passion, innovation, and collaboration converge, promising an enriching sonic experience that transcends borders and celebrates the universal language of music. Happy Valentine’s Day to all, as love continues, as it did in their last Christmas release Ring All The Bells (O Bambino), to find resonance within the harmonies of NY PodCat’s musical odyssey.

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Vandes Jackson: Exclusive with the renowned talent

Vandes Jackson: Exclusive with the renowned talent

Vandes Jackson, renowned American record producer, songwriter, musician, and artist, has officially released a highly anticipated masterpiece, “Rockstar Trap Music II.” The album showcases his innate talent and encompasses a diverse range of sounds that reflect his upbringing in the culturally rich city of Chicago.

Vandes Jackson

Growing up in Chicago, Vandes Jackson discovered his passion for music at a young age, honing his skills in a small home studio attic on the south side of the city.

The unique sound of Vandes Jackson

my lifelong love and dedication for the craft are unmistakable

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Vandes Jackson’s music stands out due to its unique blend of genres and his captivating flow. He is classically and professionally trained. Nevertheless, he seamlessly draws influences from various genres, and his music has a distinct charm that resonates with listeners worldwide. His ability to seamlessly fuse traditional Hip Hop with contemporary Trap sounds creates an innovative and refreshing musical experience. Vandes Jackson also explores deep and relatable themes in his lyrics, addressing resilience, love, and the challenges of pursuing dreams. With his mesmerizing flow and catchy hooks, he has gained attention within the industry and is establishing himself as a standout artist. Additionally, his collaborations with renowned producers and artists further showcase his talent and versatility.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

 

Vandes Jackson’s music has been shaped by various influences that have played a significant role in his development as an artist. Some of his musical influences include industry moguls such as Pharrell, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Kanye West, and Zaytoven. These influential figures have not only inspired Vandes Jackson but also contributed to the unique blend of genres and sounds in his music.
In terms of support, Vandes Jackson has garnered attention and backing from both his fans and the industry.
Through his dedication and passion for music, Vandes Jackson continues to gather recognition and support from a growing audience as he establishes himself as a standout artist.

The inspirations that birthed the sound of Vandes Jackson

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

Vandes Jackson

VJ: Beginning in a small home studio attic in the city, my roots in music were humble. Equipped with a drum set, a plethora of musical equipment, and boundless creativity, I began honing my skills. As I delved into a variety of genres and drew influence from various sources, my passion for music intensified, driving me to pursue it full-time as a record producer, songwriter, musician, and artist after my military enlistment. Though the exact moment of my decision to pursue a professional career in music may be unclear, my lifelong love and dedication for the craft are unmistakable.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

VJ: Attending a performing arts high school provided me with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in various artistic disciplines, including studying the art of Jazz. During this time, I was exposed to a diverse range of musical styles and influences that shaped my musical journey.

One significant influence came from my grandfather, who would play Gene Ammons’ “Canadian Sunset” and the music of my great boogie-woogie pianist father, Albert Ammons, daily during my adolescence. These experiences rooted me in the rich jazz tradition and allowed me to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of this genre.

Additionally, my upbringing exposed me to other genres as well. Coming from a gospel background, thanks to my grandfather being a pastor, I was deeply rooted in the spiritual and soulful sounds of gospel music. This connection to gospel music instilled in me a deep appreciation for the power and emotion conveyed through this genre.

Furthermore, my mother’s influence as an avid hip hop historian and super fan introduced me to the vibrant world of urban and soul music. Listening to these genres opened my ears to the rhythmic and lyrical artistry found within them. It allowed me to explore the nuances and creativity that each genre offers.

As a result of these diverse influences, I have developed a broad appreciation for music across genres, finding beauty in each. I believe that every genre has something unique and valuable to offer, whether it’s the improvised solos in jazz, the passionate melodies in gospel, or the rhythmic poetry in hip hop. This open-mindedness allows me to draw inspiration from a wide range of styles and create music that reflects the amalgamation of my musical influences.

Ultimately, my ability to listen to and appreciate all genres has enriched my musical journey and fueled my desire to explore and push boundaries as an artist.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

VJ: My perception honestly changes with the season. It’s important to note that the perception of an artist being undervalued can be subjective. I have always been fascinated by how different artists approach music, and one issue that I have noticed is that some artists, like Charlie Puth and Dominic Fike, are often undervalued despite the fun and unique music they create. While not necessarily my style, I appreciate the creativity and originality they bring to the table. It’s always refreshing to see artists who are unafraid to take risks and explore uncharted musical territory.

1 In Music getting inspiration from Vandes Jackson

Vandes Jackson

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?:

In the past eight months, I have incorporated the practice of daily meditation into my routine, which has become a valuable habit for me. Prior to important events such as meetings, shows, or conferences, I make it a point to pause and reconnect with the divine creator and the universe. This allows me to enter these moments with a sense of purpose and to be fully present for the people I am engaging with. I aspire to fulfill their needs, be it providing guidance like a prescription, offering a source of inspiration, or showcasing my unforgettable talents to make a lasting impact.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

VJ: One of my greatest passions is traveling and exploring new places, and along with this, I also enjoy reading a lot. Over time, I have amassed an extensive collection of incredible books that I am very proud of. I value education highly, and as a result, have been pursuing a graduate degree. With graduation just a few months away, I am patiently awaiting the opportunity to celebrate this milestone achievement.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

VJ: Success in music can be interpreted in different ways, as it means something different to each individual. However, from my perspective, success in music goes beyond fame and fortune. It encompasses the ability to connect with and inspire others through your art, the fulfillment of expressing yourself authentically, and the continuous growth and improvement in your craft.

To me, success in music means being able to create music that resonates with people on a deep emotional level, evokes positive emotions, and leaves a lasting impact. One day we will all die. The music will remain forever and that’s something beautiful to behold! Success is a metric. Music is power!

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

VJ: I wish someone told me what I was up against. Other artists aren’t enemies. The machine is. Initially, Diana Schweinbeck provided valuable guidance on industry trends and how to effectively navigate the music industry as an independent artist. I deeply appreciated this direction, but my desire to learn the most effective fundraising methods remained strong. I understood that this required connecting with the right individuals and seeking out opportunities to leverage my talent more effectively.
From my experience, I would offer this advice to aspiring independent artists: Nothing comes for free, and unless you can find a balance between your passion for music and the business side of things, your journey may not unfold as you anticipate. It is crucial to recognize that pursuing a career as an independent artist involves both artistic fulfillment and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in the highly competitive music industry.

What is next for Vandes Jackson?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

VJ: I have some exciting musical projects on the horizon! One of them is the release of visuals from “Rockstar Trap Music II”. I’d say be on the lookout for “Flash Out” (feat. Sticky Fingaz). I recently collaborated with the legendary artist on this new single, and I’m absolutely thrilled about it.
Furthermore, I’m currently working with a new production team for a special project that is set to be released this year. While I can’t provide many details at the moment, I can tell you that it will have an abstract and unique flavor, distinguishing it from my previous projects and releases. I’m aiming to release it by summer, so stay tuned for more updates!

1 In Music: Thank you for a great interview! Where do we find your music?

VJ: Vandes Jackson on all platforms!

Instagram: @vandesjackson_official
Twitter: @vandesjackson_
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-w5FYBCxxhEO8Wsumu1t5A
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bHo946Vxq1I0JoNiZ66JH
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/vandes-jackson/1478456384

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Exclusive Interview with motivational Hip-Hop artist ThereGoJo

Exclusive Interview with motivational Hip-Hop artist ThereGoJo

Meet ThereGoJo

Embark on a musical journey with ThereGoJo, a passionate motivational hip-hop artist from Northwest Indiana (219) who embodies the philanthropic spirit of inspired quotes. As the CEO of Ambitious LL, ThereGoJo’s unique blend of experiences, from his upbringing in “Gangsta Island” (Gary, Indiana) to his transition from the hood to the suburbs, has shaped his unwavering ambition and desire to inspire others. Unlike the stereotypical image of a hip-hop artist, ThereGoJo is not a trapper, gang member, or drug dealer; instead, he proudly identifies as

Just A Man Who Loved The Hustle That Comes with the Art, The Freedom Of Self Expression That’s Shared With Passion.

Through his music, he conveys messages of empowerment, self-belief, and the pursuit of dreams, proving that success can be achieved regardless of one’s background. In his own words.

I Write music To Inspire The Hidden Ambitions In People

1 In Music ventures into his world and encounters the passionate artist ThereGoJo, whose every utterance resonates with an altruistic zeal for inspiring discourse.

The unique sonic brand of ThereGoJo

Something hit me, like for the rest of my life, I get to choose who I become or what I do.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

ThereGoJoThereGoJo [TGJ]: I Could Tell You I Write music To Inspire The Hidden Ambitions In People or That It’s Been A Dream of Mine Since I was Nine But In All Honestly It’s My Way Of Expressing Myself And Working On Myself. I’ve Never Let My Situations Define Who I Felt I Was But Rather Push Me To Become Who I Need To Be.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music?

TGJ: My life experience shaped my music in all honesty. I’ve always written about my shortcomings, ambitions, fears, heartbreaks, damn near anything that comes from my heart and real life experiences and expressions.

1 In Music: Tell us the meaning behind your artist name, ThereGoJo?

TGJ: ThereGoJo is a double entendre for either where I come or there he goes depending on our perspective. My real name is Jōvan Nelson but growing up I was always Jo. At first, my rap name was Jovan but other artists were already using the name.

The Sound of ThereGoJo

What was the first music project you had?

My First Project Available For Streaming Is My Tape “Over The Years”. I wouldn’t consider it an album but a compilation of songs I recorded Over the Years as an artist. The skeleton To My Official Goldbarz Album That Is Still under construction.

1 In Music: Can we have a sample listen right here?

TGJ: Here you go! This is Look At Me“, available on Spotify:

**Warning! EXPLICIT **

The entourage and support system of ThereGoJo

1 In Music: Who supports you?ThereGoJo

TGJ: And as of my supporters, my family and friends sure but I try not to think about who supports and who doesn’t. My focus is spreading my music as far as possible making more fans. Strangers have kinda always been my biggest supporters in reality not just on apps or I conversations. I’ve had someone cry from seeing me doing a show at a small venue but the amount of love and respect I received from the 20+ people was what sealed the deal and put things in perspective for me.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

TGJ: At High School graduation. I was 18 and had been freestyling with the homies Mytch, Don and Tylor At Crown Point Parties since we were 16. But something Hit me, like for the rest of my life, I get to choose who I become or what I do. Music wasn’t just a hobby but a part of my identity more than I realized at the time.

ThereGoJo inspires us

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

ThereGoJoThereGoJo [TGJ]: Well, I work out to get my body in the zone, smoke to kill my nerves ,and stay hydrated and eat clean all the time, that’s a given.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

TGJ: I Work on My Brand “Ambitious”
Spend time Working Out & Educating Myself. Self-discipline is Key To mastery So I Do My Best To Stay Consistent But I’ll Get A Body Or 5 In Apex legends My Gamer Tag Is my Artist Name If ya wanna catch me on lol

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

TGJ: Success Is Having Fans who Love Your Music the Way You Do. The idea of going on tour, killing shows and traveling, meeting people all over. Seeing my ambitions Infect others to great things and also just appreciating the achievements you making during your creative process.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

TGJ:

Focus on You, stay positive and Save Money lol

ThereGoJoWhat is next for ThereGoJo?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

TGJ: Yes I Have a few EP’s I sitting on. Mind Of The Egoistic Being The Next Project

1 In Music: Thank you for answering our questions! Where do we find your music ?

I’m on Every Major Platform

https://instagram.com/there_gojo?igshid=OGQ5ZDc2ODk2ZA%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

Ring All The Bells (O Bambino) with NY PodCat’s new release

Ring All The Bells (O Bambino) with NY PodCat’s new release

Ring All the Bells (O Bambino): the new Christmas single by NY PodCat

Christmas is on the horizon and NY PodCat is all set to put us in the mood. Just in time for the holiday season, husband-and-wife music duo NY PodCat release their new single, “Ring All The Bells (O Bambino)”. The track is a heartwarming and festive reimagining of the classic Italian song, and it’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit. The two collect the emotions in the memories of their familial ties, their musician craftsmanship, the spirit of Christmas in this tune to bring you an old classic revisited. Experience the new holiday tune full of the caroling spirit of Christmas. The single is available across the streaming services from November 28, 2023.

Over 5000 listeners and viewers in less than a week (Update as of Dec 5th, 2023)

This enchanting track has already captured the hearts of listeners worldwide, with nearly 4,000 streams and counting on Spotify and hundreds of YouTube views. The song’s infectious melody and cheerful lyrics embody the true essence of Christmas, spreading joy and uniting people in a spirit of celebration. You too can now join the celebrations, support these independent artists and get into the festive mood by downloading “Ring All the Bells O Bambino” for just $1 on NY PodCat website at https://nypodcat.com/music

Every download makes a big difference for independent artists like NY PodCat, who often operate on tight budgets. By purchasing songs directly from their websites, you ensure that artists receive a fair share of the earnings.

As the holiday season approaches, NY PodCat wishes you a Merry Christmas and a joyous Happy Holiday season! May your homes be filled with love, laughter, and the sounds of beautiful music.

Thank you for supporting independent artists!

The song is on Spotify and YouTube

You can hear their wonderful sound right below with the Spotify and YouTube embed and if you like what you hear, consider downloading the single “Ring All the Bells O Bambino” for ONLY $1 on NY PodCat website at https://nypodcat.com/music to support these independent artists.

Here it right here with a short from their music video!

New versions

If you don’t recognise the 60s rendition by Nancy Sinatra, don’t worry, it is purposeful. Li Mann wanted to reinvent the song, and infuse elements that brought it to the more popular and modern word. She kept 4 Italian words and a melody in the chorus that quench our and her nostalgia but reinvented the song to make it the melodic and caroling message of love that it is.

Non content to offer a new and fresh English song inspired from the Italian oldie, the band collaborated with singer/songwriter Bianca Madrid on a Spanish version ofthe single. The Spanish version is entitled “Suenan Campanos (O Bambino)” and will be released December 1, 2023 to streaming services by NY PodCat with Bianca Madrid.

About NY PodCat

NY PodCat is a dynamic music duo hailing from New York City. Their music seamlessly blends all manners of Pop, influenced by the 80s and 90s era. Their music captivate listeners with catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics. With years of music making under their belt and a growing fanbase, NY PodCat is poised to make an indelible mark on the music industry. You can find out more about the pair, their inner joyous spirit and their humour in NY Podcat’s exclusive interview with 1 In Music.

The making of Ring All the Bells (O Bambino)

There is a Christmas spirit in the way the release itself was produced. The duo enlisted the help of other musicians, a lot of whom they e-met at a music retreat. This new way of recording remotely showcases that the spirit of Christmas knows no bounds and that spirits of love and togetherness are not a matter of physical closeness. The production team comprised of:

  • Li Mann – writer, producer, arranger, percussion, lead and background vocals, as well as video producer and director
  • Pete Sawchuk – co NY PodCat member, assistant producer, arranger, guitars, mandolin, banjo, assorted other instruments as necessary (digital tuba and accordion, for example), vocal arranging, background vocals
  • Doug Wayne Holmquist – mixing engineer, mastering engineer, background vocals
  • Bianca Madrid – Background vocals. Bianca Madrid is also the lead vocals and performs some of the background vocals on the Spanish version “Suenan Campanas (O Bambino)” to be released December 1st.
  • Cat Ardoin – background vocals
  • Harriet Reynolds – Background vocals

The get together and the recording remotely and bringing it all together

When asked how they all met, Li Mann remembers:

“All the female singers in the background vocals are singer/songwriters I met in a Sync Songwriter class we all signed up for that runs online. There were Zooms where we all met and listened to each other’s music, some in the class and some we did on our own. Sometimes you just “connect” well with people on a personal and musical level and can call them friends too. That’s how I feel about all 3 of the ladies that helped with the vocals on NY PodCat’s “Ring All the Bells (O Bambino): Bianca Madrid (Spain), Cat Ardoin (Tennesee, USA), Harriet Reynolds (Texas, USA). So when the day came that mixing/mastering engineer Doug Wayne Holmquist said “More voices” when I asked him how we could make the ending sound BIGGER, I know who to call. Would I have loved to be there with them while they recorded? Yes, but I trusted them to deliver because I’ve heard all their excellent music before and our schedules are all over the place and the world. So the tracks came to either me to edit down or to Doug directly to work with, and when they were all included in the mix the sound was “WOW AMAZING” because we all have different vocal textures so they all complemented each other very well. And Doug used to sing in the choir at church, so he added some vocals to the mix also.

We did a similar process for the Spanish version, with the added complication of matching Bianca’s pronunciation, but turns out we all managed that too. So for a production with lots of remote vocals, we think it came out well and has the “bunch of people caroling at Christmas” vibe that we were going for. Thank you “Bells choir” Pete, Bianca, Cat, Harriet, and Doug!