Rupert Hine – Surface Tension is available for pre-order
As the 72nd birthday of late musician Rupert Hine approaches, Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red Records) announces the release of a compilation of the artist’s recordings. The 3CD Box Set, entitled Surface Tension, features recordings from the songwriter and producer’s solo albums between 1981 and 1983. Surface Tension – The Recordings 1981-1983 celebrates the creativity and originality of Rupert’s solo work of the early 1980s. The box set is a newly remastered 3CD CLAMSHELL BOXED SET. It is set for released on October 28, 2022.
Stephen W Tayler engineered all of the original recordings and co-produced them with Rupert Hine. The acclaimed engineer has now brilliantly remastered this compilation from the original master tapes. Rupert Hine all composed the tracks. The musician wrote the albums with the late poet, graphic artist and lyricist Jeannette Obstoj (aka Jeannette-Thérèse Obstoj). Jeannette Obstoj is known among her many talents to have been the regular lyrics partner of Rupert Hine for all his solo compositions between 1981 abnd 1983.
The albums also features guest appearances. This includes legendary English singer-songwriter, record producer and Genesis drummer Phil Collins on drums. British rock sideman and guitarist Phil Palmer also appears. English singer-songwriter and record producer Robert Palmer and British singer Marianne Faithfull lends their vocals each on one song in one album. There is also James West-Oram, a member of London rock band The Fixx. Canadian drummer and songwriter Steve Negus from rock bands Saga and GNP also plays the drums on one of the albums.
Disc One: Immunity
The noted producer co-wrote acclaimed and strikingly original ‘Immunity’ (1981) with the late poet, graphic artist and lyricist Jeannette Obstoj. Guest performers on the album included Phil Collins and Marianne Faithfull appears on the song “Misplaced Love”. the album has influenced a host of celebrated musicians to this day.
I Hang On To My Vertigo
I Think A Man Will Hang Soon
Make A Wish
10. Scratching At Success 11. Introduction To The Menace
DISC TWO: Waving Not Drowning
The 1982 album ‘Waving Not Drowning’ was another fine work and was particularly popular in Scandinavia and once again featured Phil Collins.
The Curious Kind
The Set Up
Innocents In Paradise
One Man’s Poison
10. Kwok’s Quease
DISC THREE: The Wildest Wish To Fly
The Wildest Wish To Fly (1983) was a hit album in Sweden. It featured a small host of guest appearances. Phil Palmer and James West-Oram of The Fixx play the guitar. Robert Palmer is on vocals on the track “Living in Sin”.
Living in Sin
No Yellow Heart
The Saturation of the Video Rat
Firefly in the Night
A Golden Age
The Victim of Wanderlust
The Most Dangerous of Men
The Wildest Wish to Fly
10. Blue Flame (Melt the Ice) 11. An Eagle’s Teaching 12. Picture Phone (remix) 13. No Yellow Heart (later version)
Chris Poulson is a talented singer and songwriter from Burbank, California. A seasoned musician, he has been in the music industry since the mid 1990s. His career progressed quickly to being signed with Fearless Records rock band, Rock Kills Kid as drummer in 2001. Chris found himself touring and sharing the stage with headlining acts. Now focusing on singing and song writing, Chris recently released “Fall Into Pieces,” his debut Solo EP.
A unique musical portrait
1 In Music: What would you say is unique about you and your music?
Chris Poulson [CP]:I would have to say my voice is definitely one that does not blend in with the typical voices you may hear on radio or television. The music I write typically stems from my past experiences, even back to my childhood years. It consists of writing music, melodies, and lyrics that connect and resonate with people from all different ages and backgrounds.
1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?
CP: The first band that really caught me in my feels was Nirvana. It was undeniable how much I loved listening to that band. From Kurt’s raspy singing and the genius behind his lyrics, to Dave Grohl’s hard hitting, straight-forward, and in-the-pocket style of drumming. Nirvana had me hooked! I would then learn as many Nirvana songs on drums and guitar as I possibly could. So, it’s safe to say that the Grunge era definitely shaped me as a musical artist. I then got into Punk Rock and Pop Punk which taught me different elements in music, speed, dynamics, vocal melodies and harmonies… you name it.
I’d say my biggest supporter throughout my musical journey has been my Mother. She is actually the reason why I became a lead singer to begin with. When I was a drummer I would sing backup vocals and sometimes would even sing lead for a song or two while playing the drums… and, I loved it. It wasn’t until years and years into my drumming career that I found out my Mom had developed Thyroid Cancer. My Mom was a singer in her own right, since a very young age and up until she got cancer, then that all got stripped away from her. That devastated her, and devastated me also.
So, I said to myself; “Chris, you have to carry on this voice you were given, not just for you, but for Mom.”
And, from that point on, I became a full-time singer-songwriter and haven’t looked back since.
1 In Music: Wow! So, let’s go back a little. When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
CP: After High School, I went to a community college where I wanted to study psychology and music theory. I remember sitting in my psych class when I got a voicemail message on my cell from my buddy telling me to call him ASAP. So, I stepped out of the class for a minute to call him up. He explained there was this band that just signed a deal with Fearless Records and they lost their drummer in the middle of their deal. They were in need of a drummer that could learn their songs and finish recording their debut EP set to release on Fearless Records the following year. My friend thought I would be a perfect fit for this.
I knew exactly who Fearless was, and that alone had me so excited, I could barely contain myself. My friend gave me the number of the band’s bass player and told me to call him ASAP. So, I ended up going back inside the classroom, gathered up my belongings and took off back home so that I could get in touch with this band my friend was telling me about. Once I got home I called their bassist who gave me three songs to learn over the span of a week or so. We set-up an audition date, and I was pumped for this. I listened to those three songs day in and day out, drilling them into my head. I even slept with those songs playing over and over in my headphones.
It came down to audition day. I don’t remember being nervous, but I do remember saying to myself, “I want this, I NEED this!” I played those three songs with them like I had been playing with them for years. I even shocked myself. But, I had to prove to myself that I could do it. At the end of the audition, I remember the guitarist/lead singer and bassist stepped out to talk. They came back in minutes later and offered me the gig. That’s when I knew it was time for the big-leagues, and music would become my profession.
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1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?
CP: When I was a child, my parents (especially my Mom) loved Country music. So, I was around and listened to Country for many many years up until I reached middle school. Once I hit high school I started listening to Grunge. Then, it went on to Punk Rock and Pop Punk for many years thereafter. When I got a little older, Rock music took precedence over anything else. Now, I listen to a combination of anything. Rock, Alternative and even Pop music are my main go-tos these days. However, I still throw on some Grunge and Pop Punk to take me back to when I first started. I just love music in general, to any style, language, rhythm, beat, you name it.
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
CP: In my personal opinion, it would be the band/artist Silverchair. Daniel Johns is a fantastic singer-songwriter, and Silverchair, as a band, is just crazy good. I’ve had the rare pleasure of seeing them live twice when they came to Los Angeles to play, and I was absolutely blown away. To this day, Silverchair is a huge influence on my song writing,
1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?
CP: First, I do not speak very much for an entire week, keeping my speaking to a minimum. Also, I try not to put myself in places where I need to speak over loud noises, people, etc. I consume a lot of water and teas. I do not drink any alcohol before a performance, and I try to get plenty of rest.
1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
CP: I am an avid long-distance runner. I have been running for over 20 years and I love it. And, I love fixing things around the house, e.g., repainting and repairing things that are broken, etc.
1 In Music: Wow! So, Success to you is…
CP: Being Happy and Enjoying what you do. Sometimes the freedom to do what you want and play what you want isn’t always an option. But,
as long as you’re able to express yourself and be the Real YOU, then happiness is bound to carry through your musical journey.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out
CP: I, at times wished I was told that this world isn’t exactly all sunshine and rainbows. It can be pretty tricky and have some surprises that can come out of nowhere, However,
you just have to be aware, expect the unexpected and do your job and do it well to the best of your ability.
And, no-one can deprive you from that.
About “Fall into pieces” and beyond
1 In Music: You are promoting your debut single, Fall into Pieces. Talk to us about how that came about and how it was fashioned.
CP: Right after I put the sticks down and decided that singing and song writing was going to be my main focus. My song, “Fall into Pieces” came to life then and there, following my previous band’s disbandment.
I ended up writing another song to follow called, “Break Free”. I then co-wrote “Joyride” and added that song to the mix. I hit the recording studio shortly after to start my journey as a solo artist.
Putting the sticks down was an important move for me to not only show the world what I have to offer as a singer-songwriter and front man, but to follow what it is I knew I was put on this earth to do.
1 In Music: “Fall into Pieces” is also the title track of your debut EP. Tell us more about that collection of songs.
CP: In May of 2021, I released my debut solo 3-song EP, “Fall into Pieces”. I hoped to evoke a rollercoaster of emotions to listeners. It is almost like getting lost in your own thoughts. For me, it’s like driving through a dark wooded forest and all you see is the road ahead. Oblivious to everything surrounding you.
“Fall into Pieces” represents the EP where the listener can connect from life experience. We have all felt hurt, pain, and sorrow. Yet, life goes on. The title track wraps up the 3-track EP in a way that sparks a little fire inside of you. I worked with producer and engineer, David Julson-Rieley, who also contributed to some of the arrangements, musical components and lyrics to each track.
‘Fall into Pieces’ EP emerged after a long break from the music world. I toyed with the idea for several years of getting back out into the live scene again and doing what it is I love to do. I suppose releasing the EP gave me the motivation I needed to make that happen. Thanks to it, 2022 is looking bright, and you can definitely expect to see more of me in the coming months, along with a new single coming the Summer of 2022, music videos, press, and much much more.
1 In Music: We were just about to ask you about any upcoming projects?
CP: I am recording a brand new single June of 2022. This song has been under my belt for quite a while, and now it’s time for the world to hear it. I’m also gearing up for music videos to follow, as well as live shows later this Summer.
1 In Music: Thank you for taking this interview with us. Where can we find your music?
CP: You can find my music on basically any online streaming platform. You name it, it’s on there: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, SoundCloud, Deezer, etc.
On the first date of her UK Tour, Annie Keating transported the audience to Brooklyn, New York & Bristol County, Massachusetts simultaneously on her magical time machine! What a Special night that was and the audience will remember it for sure in spite of the facts that the band only met for the first time 2 days prior and that it was Annie’s first gig to a Live Audience since 2019!
Annie’s joy to be performing live again was clearly evident. The appreciative & engaging audience so contagiously picked up on it. Annie has a natural talent to connect with audiences and her wonderful songs with amazing backstories were enjoyed by everyone. The band, needless to say, rose to the occasion also & everyone contributed their parts so incredibly well, clearly enjoying performing so well.
Annie’s music requires great lead guitar contribution which Teddy Krumple had developed in Annie’s own band and this was achieved really well by guitarist for this tour, Joe Coombs. Joe had some great fills & also great slide and rhythm work and even helped Annie on occasion with capo position selection. The brilliant rhythm section consisted of Scott Warman on bass and Jamie Dawson on drums. The highlight for Jamie was on the track, ‘On The Loose’ before which Annie suggested we watch the drummer and she was right and also well supported by Joe on bass.
We were treated to 18 marvellous heartfelt songs of immense variety and quality which all have meaning & performed to the highest level. The backdrop to the Bristol County Tides songs was obviously the lock-down and Annie communicates the deep meaning behind each song. I feel we can all empathise and identify with that as it affected us all. One of the songs she performed, ‘Nobody Knows’ holds that message so clearly and before she performed at the release livestream with no audience last year she introduced the song so well as follows:-
‘So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about uncertainty, change. I think one thing we probably all had in common was it sort of changed our lives in whatever way. For me a lot changed but for everybody it’s just like how do you deal with this massive amount of change and uncertainty and one thing that’s been comforting me in these times is the idea that it’s all changed. That’s growth & it’s like you don’t get to live your life without it constantly being changed and there’s this quote that I read the other day that made me feel good about that journey. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about uncertainty and change’. – ‘Suffering is resisting the route of uncertainty but no matter what the circumstance, uncertainty is all we have.’ ‘I think there’s growth in there somewhere.’ She turned to her guitarist Teddy Krumple and he said ‘Life is a jazz solo.’
Annie has had her music played by Bob Harris since 2008 and the last time was about a month ago when he played her latest single ‘Feels Like Home’ which was part of the set-list on the night & is a wonderful song. He has played her music many times & on one occasion in 2011 she played two songs live, namely ‘Victoria Station’ and ‘First of November’ and was described as follows, ‘New York’s famous Village Voice described Annie Keating as ” a wise mix of Lucinda Williams songwriting, Gillian Welch guitar and a vocal of her own – a cross between Willie Nelson and John Prine”. The Boston-born New York-based musician and activist play live for Bob Harris. Such a fine body of work to explore with many great albums and I feel she is developing new ideas and connections all the time, Her album ‘Bristol County Tides’ is a real gift of creativity, emotional connection and expression of challenges felt by the lock-down. A heartfelt collection of beautiful songs communicated through her music and her live performance takes everything to a new level. She really needs to be congratulated and I can’t recommend enough for people to attend whatever gigs they can on this tour. Her music is so exciting and vibrant and full of enjoyment and celebration now that she can take her music live to the UK and beyond!
Down in Philadelphia and up for a good time? A massive following and recognition from industry experts will tell you that the name to call is DJ Geez. His notoriety in the club scene of his local/native area and beyond, coupled with his DJ abilities have garnered the DJ artist the name “The Club King” in the Philadelphia region. The devotion, passion and energy that DJ Geez puts into his craft and brings to the clubs is as yet unmatched, if not only by the respect he has for his art.
DJ Geez, born Glen Simmons started developing his musical skills at an early age while exploring and experimenting with several instruments through the local church. He got his hand and develop his knowledge of the cello, saxophone, electric guitar, drums, and most importantly the piano. These are the instruments among many others that nurtured the phenomenal talent that Dj Geez has become. The young artist started by winning the hearts of family members and neighbors, from the local church into the whole neighborhood. DJ Geez discovered there and there an absolute lifetime passion for sowing joy into people’s lives. He quickly understood the key part that music played (pardon the pun) in fulfilling this dream.
Since then, DJ Geez has come a long way! The artist has moved around in Philadelphia establishing himself as one of the hottest up and coming DJ around. Testifying his popularity are the many booking the DJ has had for major festivals and concert events. In addition, he has also had DJed for many high-profile clients including mixes played on Hall of Fame Shaquille O’Neal’s Shaq-Fu radio and on Shawfuradio radio station. Finally, the DJ has also done work for several popular artists such as YG, French Montana, Chinx, Uncle Murda, Slimm 400, and many more.
Since hitting the scene in 2010, DJ Geez has amassed a rapidly increasing following. That well-versed international fanbase is familiar with the young artist’s body of work from airplayed mixes to club events as well as his infectious personality. They regularly tag the star DJ’s events on social media, and always feed back and testify on the great time they have had or the great mixes they have heard. In spite of this, the young artist has managed to maintain a humble side. This is because he takes his work seriously, with focus and passion. No matter the occasion or event type, DJ Geez knows how to read the room, and howw to get the crowd going.
A DJ Geez event is guaranteed to make anyone get out their seat and dance. His high-profile broadcasted mixes, hot events and evergrowing music knowledge allow his brand to daily grow globally. He has the ability to spin 90s Hip-Hop and R&B, Dance, Electronic, Reggaeton, Contemporary Hip-Hop, Classic Soul and much more. This versatile DJ has made hundreds of thousands of people dance throughout his yet young career! He’s amassed fans from New York to Los Angeles and now Colombia. His name has become synonymous with great music and great time. Non-content to deliver mixes and DJ at events, in 2019, DJ Geez became a hip-hop artist with music out on Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud and Tidal. Two main releases stand out: Whine it up feat. Briana Nicole, DJ Ant liva and Right now feat Briana Nicole.
The journey to stardom steadily continues. Currently, DJ Geez has been working with artists Peedi Crakk andFreewayfrom the Philadelphia rap group State Property. He’s been opening shows for major music recording artists including Meek Millsand Rick Ross. He has also performed in Philadelphia’s Independence Day Show in Center City, Philadelphia. He works for Silent Philly, traveling from state to state sharing music.
There is a lot more to come from This Superstar. DJ Geez is blowing up fast. DJ Geez has the talent and drive to thrive in his industry. Through investing his time to learn and perfect his craft; DJ Geez hard work is paying off as he transitions into Superstar life. Fast forward to now and DJ Geez has worked with many notable organizations and clients. DJ Geez has been featured on many news and publications such as 50 Cents platform This Is 50, Hip Hop Weekly, The Hype Magazine, Gen Z Hip Hop, VoyageLA, The Clout Magazine, and several more.
DJ Geez never has given up and right before our eyes he is evolving into the superstar we know him as today. From local church boy to globally known and respected superstar. DJ Geez is a devoted amazing talent. Connect with DJ Geez on Social Media!
Pamela Hopkins is a multi-instrumentalist Country Music Singer who performs weekly as a Dueling Piano Player in Little Rock Arkansas. Pamela travels several times a year performing in various venues as a Dueling Piano Player and also as a Solo Artist with her band. Pamela and her band focus on country music when her gig is concentrated on original music, but they can also cover multiple genres to provide a fun and interactive environment to fit any event. She plays piano, drums, cello, bass, and harmonica. Being in the dueling piano world, she can cover just about any genre asked for. She knows over 1000 top 40 songs from the 50’s to today. 1 In Music meets the talented music artist.
1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?
Pamela Hopkins [PH]: I would have to say that what makes me unique is that I try to stay true to who I am, so you can take it or leave it. I get that I am not everybody’s cup of tea, and I am okay with that. My music reflects a lot of who I am and sometimes doesn’t fit into some people’s mindset (if that is the word I’m looking for). I do however, try to create music that is fun and thoughtful and that hopefully most people would enjoy. But what you hear me sing, play and write, is who I am as a woman, mom, wife, musician, etc…
1 In Music: What music and which artists shape your music?
PH: I would say that my love for ALL types of music has shaped who I am today. I absolutely enjoy music in general…playing and singing in different genres is what makes music and performing fun to me. When I create and write, I pull from things I’ve experienced or others close to me have experienced, or just from general observation. I think I connect more with songs that speak to me from other artists, so those types of songs shaped the way I write.
I listen to all types of music. I have to because of my job as a dueling piano player. We play top 40 hits from the 50’s to today, so I try to keep current on what is trending in all genres. I’ve had to learn anything from Morgan Wallen to Cardi B. If I’m listening for pleasure, I tend to listen to 80s Yacht Rock.
1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
PH: About eight years ago, I decided to try to be a dueling piano player full-time. Once I went full time in that gig, I realized that my income as a teacher could be replaced. So I jumped on that opportunity and began to learn more music and hone in my performance skills. I’ve just grown from there… eventually I started putting out my own music and I plan to keep moving my career forward.
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
PH: I really like Patty Griffin. She is an amazing songwriter and has had several hits with popular artists. But I just love her voice and love to listen to her sing when I need to relax. I get really wrapped up in her lyrics and sound of her voice.
1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?
PH: I generally warm my vocals up on my way to the venue. I listen to some sort of talk radio or just sit in silence on the ride there so that I’m fresh on the songs I’m supposed to perform. I don’t want other songs flooding my brain that I’m not performing. I guess I’m afraid I’ll get mixed up on the lyrics or something. (laughs)
1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
PH: I have recently started to repurpose my shoes. I have been adding bling to the ones that don’t have any on them. It is tedious but I can put my earbuds in and just work and escape reality in my mind. I also enjoy going to the movies with my family and bowling as well. I really enjoy escape rooms, so when we travel out of our state,we may book one if we have time.
1 In Music: Success to you is…?
PH:[Success is] Creating something authentic, fun, touching, inspiring, etc… and watching people connect to what I am doing vocally or musically at any given moment. I feel successful when people enjoy what they hear and support it.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
PH: When I thought about being a musician/singer way back when, I wish someone had told me to really start working on accompanying myself. It took me 15 years to figure out that being able to accompany myself was the key to making more money. Not a lot of bands are just looking for a singer, they’re looking for an instrumentalist that sings as well. If you can accompany yourself, then you don’t necessarily need anyone else to help make your money. You can do solo gigs and make a decent living with your music if you hustle.
1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?
PH: I play every weekend (Thursday-Saturday) at my house gig, Willy D’s. My band plays some weekends as well. We have several shows coming up (you can check my website for that schedule). My solo projects for this year are just completing my next few singles and releasing them. I am in writing sessions with writers pretty often, so I am working on my next singles to record for next year. I will be releasing a full album in December of the singles that I released over the past year and a half with a bonus track that I haven’t/won’t release(d) as a single.
My current release is “Back When,” written by myself, Dave Lenahan, Melissa Leigh Johnson and Cliff Prowse. This song, as well as my last 6 releases, were recorded at Off the Row Recording Studio in Franklin, TN and were produced by P. T. Houston. This song was a tribute to my younger years and me looking back as an adult reminiscing about the good ‘ol days. I believe it is very relatable for many of us who get stuck in the adult rut. It’s a clap-a-long type acoustic style song, that is fun to dance to as well.
1 In Music: Thank you Pamela for doing this interview. Where can we find you music?
PH: You can find all of my music on all of the major digital streaming apps/sites. My music plays on several indie radio stations and you can also find my music on my website www.pamelahopkinsmusic.com. I also have several official music videos out on my YouTube channel (pamelahopkinsVEVO) and on my artist account Pamela Hopkins Music. If you google my name, you’ll find it.
Thank you so much for your time today. I appreciate you supporting independent musicians like myself. It means the world to me!