Hey, hey, hey, my INDIEcent brothers and sisters. Thanks for tuning in to Episode #44 of INDIEcent Exposure. I’ve got some killer tunes lined up for you, and I guess I was in the mood for music that rides a little harder, because these tracks definitely don’t show the softer side of yours truly, your host, the mongrel, known in an alternet zip code as Jay V.
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I’ve got another great interview, with a great artist, waiting in the wings, but right now let’s kick things off with some tunage. We’ll hear from Imran Mandani, who conjures up Godzilla, Kim Logan, who warns us that Oedipus Wrecks, and Gürschach, who take us on a tour of their Undead Empire. First though, let’s start this set off with an amazing Pop and Neo-Soul artist who hails from Georgia — And I don’t mean the state that sits between Alabama and South Carolina.
SALIO hails from the Republic of Georgia, a place known to some for its harmonic scales and the birthplace of wine, but not by most. A remarkably gifted vocalist and composer from a young age, she decided to leave her home country and find her place in the wider world.
SALIO; submitted photo.
Tony Coluccio – a man who has worked with greats such as Bette Midler, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson – then brought her to record in New York City. Tied in with a quick, secretive Sofar performance and a cameo at renowned Small’s Jazz Club, it seems that no matter where she goes, those who appreciate true musical ability will find her.
Chicago native hip-hop recording artist, Imran Mandani, loves a good challenge; in the entertainment industry where only a handful of Asian Indians have reached mainstream success as comedians, musicians, or actors, the Windy City rapper and graphic designer enjoys carving his own path while evolving his brand.
Imran Mandani; submitted photo.
Having shared stages with the likes of Macy Gray and performed with legends such as Joss Stone, SALIO has become one of the most recognised faces in her home country and is now an admired judge on TV show The Voice. This year she has also been invited to judge The Eurovision Song Contest, 2021.
Here she is now with her single “Wayside”
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KIM LOGAN & The Silhouettes
Kim Logan is a songwriter, opera singer, poet, performance artist, rock and roll torchbearer from Florida.
Following the release of her debut self-titled album in 2013, Kim has spent the years since touring America and Europe with a wheel-of-fortune display of diverse backing musicians, continuing a 17-year career in staged opera, and pursuing general interdisciplinary attempts at following the muse.
Liber Electro: submitted photo.
And that was Gürschach, with Undead Empire. Before that we heard Oedipus Wrecks, from Kim Logan, Imran Mandani, with Godzilla, and starting us off was Salio, with Wayside.
Gürschach (pronounced Ger-shock) is a four-piece Experimental Metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area, whose main vision is to create an unfamiliar, yet captivating listening experience for their audience.
X, Leyland Reid, and Daniel Justo- Sanchez originally formed the band in late 2011, mostly playing songs that X and Leyland both wrote together while they were still in high school. It wasn’t until 2014 that Scotty McRib joined the band to complete the lineup. On October 10, 2015, Gürschach released their first EP, BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES, independently on a micro-budget, as an embodiment of the phrase DIY. The music on the EP would be the first and last time the band would release a straightforward Thrash Metal record.
Gürschach; submitted photo.
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YARD OF BLONDES
French/Californian Los Angeles rock band YARD OF BLONDES is composed of Vincent Jacob (vocals/guitar), Fanny Hill (bass/vocals), Burak Yerebakan (guitar) and Forrest Mitchell (drums/vocals).
The band released 4 EP’s and will be releasing their debut album “Feed the Moon” in 2021.
Yard of Blondes photographed in Laurel Canyon. Vincent Jacob, vocals, guitar, French; Fanny Hulard, keys, vocals, French; Burak Yerebakan, guitar, Turkish; Forest Mitchell, drums, American; photos by Victoria Smith.
Next up, we have that interview I promise with Vincent Jacob from Yard of Blondes. They’ve been written up in the pages of magazines from Rolling Stone to Heavy MusicHQ, and I’m thrilled that Vincent took time out to have an INDIEcent conversation.
And that was “Teenage Dreams” by Yard of Blondes. I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Vincent Jacob — he’s a really down to earth artist and I encourage you to download and listen to HIS podcast, “Hanging On Sunset.” His most recent episode, he interviews Indie reporter Jes Fama, who has been covering the L.A. music scene for years.
I provide a link to that, as well as links to all the artists points of contact on the web, right there in the shownotes. Why, because I love you darling. You know I do. But now we have to part…no no no, shhhh. don’t cry. It’s just for a little while. Just until next episode, when we hear a one-of-a-kind conversation with rising artist Gina Brooklyn.
Till then, thanks for listening, and live to rock another day.