Putting the Heart Back into Music – An Interview with Frank Iengo

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Putting the Heart Back into Music – An Interview with Frank Iengo

When ‘Blackout’ first landed in my inbox, I was absolutely taken aback by its sheer atmospheric depth, sonic unpredictability and masterful production quality. There was no doubt that I needed to meet the mind behind the music, Pynk64 – aka Frank Iengo. Frank has been active in the music industry for almost two decades, and in that time his musical dealings have spanned house, chillout, pop, hip hop, R&B, soundtracks and movie scores and, in his own words, ‘anything else that inspires me’. Frank has been involved in numerous projects during his artistic tenure, including Surfers, Aguadulce, Nevrotype, Dynamicode, Relaxingvibe, and of course, Pynk64…

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Interview with Imperial - Music to Shake A Hoof

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Interview with Imperial - Music to Shake A Hoof

The hoof-

So tell us how many versions of hot sauce did you have to cook up before you got that ‘just right’ taste.

Imperial-

Hot Sauce was more or less straight out of the pan, with a bit of seasoning along the way. Most of my beats start with a main section (8 bar loop for example) I build this up until it feels right and full. At this stage I then create other sections of the beat and arrange it. Next is removing elements to refine and clear out the unnecessary juices. Get the basic flavours working together but don't over season... There's nothing worse than an over salty dish…

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I Don't Love You - New Video

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I Don't Love You - New Video

If you happen to be female - between 35 and 55 - love classic pop and remember 80's bands like Aha, Mr. Mister and enjoy a good jangly guitar - then you should definitely check this out ;-)

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Interview With Malibu Soma

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Interview With Malibu Soma

“To whoever is reading this, I implore you to look for music that goes beyond what is mainstream. Find artists who are really making things because they're passionate about the music and the creation process, not because they want clout or money or whatever. There are so many amazing artists out there that are struggling to make ends meet because the big blogs or labels aren't giving them a chance because they're not a surefire money maker like these trashy money-machine artists…

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Himalaya by Ellipsis - Music to Track

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Himalaya by Ellipsis - Music to Track

We're stoked to announce the launch and distribution of our second home grown Music to track - Himalaya.  Working once again with UK producer Matt Jenko of Ellipsis, this time we've gone with another Chillhop style track…

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Ashlee Villaseñor - Music to Curator Interview

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Ashlee Villaseñor - Music to Curator Interview

 My name is Ashlee Villaseñor. I live in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas in the US. I just graduated from college so I’m just trying to figure out my life, honestly.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I love sharing music. I love making my friends playlists. I love finding new music, so being able to be in charge of a playlist and share it to the world is awesome!

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From Tin Pan Alley To Spotify: Music And Its Many Formats

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From Tin Pan Alley To Spotify: Music And Its Many Formats

My ten-year-old son asked me the other day which Spotify playlists I listened to when I was a kid. I started laughing and told him that we didn’t have Spotify back then. And since I had just told him a few days before that none of the games he is playing on his iPhone existed when I was younger, he looked at me long and hard and finally asked, “If you didn’t have any of this stuff, what did you guys have on your iPhones then?” I looked at him equally long and finally said, “We didn’t have iPhones.”

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Johnathan Fludd - Music to Curator Interview

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Johnathan Fludd - Music to Curator Interview

My name is Johnathan Fludd I was born and raised in Philadelphia but I currently live in San Antonio. Right now I’m just focusing on college, I’m not working at the moment.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I think it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always hated the music on the radio and enjoyed searching for new music. The feeling of finding a song you love that you would have never found if you weren’t digging is amazing…

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Azwani Monroe - Music to Curator Interview

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Azwani Monroe - Music to Curator Interview

My name is Azwani Monroe from Los Angeles, California and I'm currently going to SCAD for graphic design.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

Playlist curation has always been really fun and I'm so glad that I found Music to because it allows me to share new music with a much larger audience. My favorite part about adding new songs to my playlist is the interaction you can have through listeners through social media.

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Kara Bean - Music to Curator Interview

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Kara Bean - Music to Curator Interview

Hi there, my name's Kara Bradford, I'm living in Pasadena CA in the USA, and I'm currently a student, swim coach, and songwriter! 

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I make playlists for myself pretty constantly, so making the switch over to doing it professionally was as easy as pie. I love being able to share the amazing songs I find, as well as songs that I love. I also love getting to utilize my skill in prose to describe what I'm listening to and why I love them! Sharing music has always been a joy of mine, so curating for me just makes sense. 

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Interview With Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels

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Interview With Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels

And here we are with the artist of this week. The guy who brought us a new anthem to sing with “God Gave Rock and Roll”, but making it clear in half the time. Nothing against Argent, but is a good point when the message can be sent a bit shorter...

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 Jesse Albrecht - Music to Curator Interview

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Jesse Albrecht - Music to Curator Interview

Jesse, Nowheresville, Wisconsin, USA.  I’ve been self employed for almost 20 years doing fun corporate logo stuff, an artists dream.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I wouldn’t say that I ever really gave it a thought, it just kinda fell in my lap. I’ve always enjoyed sharing music/making a mix tape for friends, so there’s that, but I think I really enjoy listening to a LOT of new music.

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Chris McCann - Music to Curator Interview

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Chris McCann - Music to Curator Interview

I'm Chris McCann. I live in Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. I'm owner/operator of Noosa Decorating, and I specialise in artisan paint and lime based finishes.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I've always loved exploring and sharing new music but I've only recently moved over to the streaming world. I still buy copies of albums though - there's nothing better than having the real McCoy and not a compressed file. Even back in the days of tapes, it was always a buzz exposing someone to a new discovery. The streaming platforms take it to the next level and allow you to share on a global scale. Furthermore being part of the Music to community connects you with other like minded folk, artists and new music. It has so many facets that make it really unique.

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Erin Murray - Music to Curator Interview

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Erin Murray - Music to Curator Interview

My name is Erin, I live near Lake Cootharaba, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. I am a Writer, I have had many careers prior, Auditor, Plumber, I like this one the best, and I get to spend time at home with my family.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I think I always wanted to write, I love describing the things I see and feel.  It is great curating a playlist, it creates a space to explore how a particular song makes you feel, and then explain why you love it. ...

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Vranko  - Music to Curator Interview

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Vranko - Music to Curator Interview

1/ So First Off - Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

My name is Vranko, I live in Barcelona, Spain and I am a pianist and writer.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I've always like to write and have discovered so many ideas that are often found sleeping inside the music.  I fantasize about what those ideas are and love to write out my interpretation of the track.

3/ Tell Us About Your First Musical Memory - Why Do You Think You Remember It?

My sisters used to listen to lot of pop music in the 80s when I was a kid. So my first memories are from pop artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John or Simon and Garfunkel. These kind of people were my first listenings!

 

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Jed - Music to Curator Interview

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Jed - Music to Curator Interview

1/ So First Off - Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

Jed, currently in Lillooet, BC (Canada).  Doing graphic design, websites & video production.  

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

No, but I enjoy graphic design and making videos.  I generally like creative work -- unless the assignment is particularly mundane.  I like trying to create balanced and pleasing compositions, I like color, and I enjoy creating rhythm and meaning in video editing.  I'm sick of building websites...

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Vicky Cohn - Music to Curator Interview

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Vicky Cohn - Music to Curator Interview

1/ So First Off - Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

Vicky Cohn. That's a hard one, as I see myself as a cosmopolitan that is constantly moving between Berlin / Germany, London / United Kingdom and Tel Aviv / Israel. However, I will be soon back to London and staying there for a while again... 

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

Creating playlists is definitely something I already did a lot in my tender years, when tapes were still a thing. Music was always my first and obsessive love, but after I had to deal with a death case in my family, I asked myself, what I would do if I had only one year to live, so it became then very clear to me that I needed to start my new career within the music industry. Coming beforehand from a creative background of film/video making, I looked here too for something that could really fit me and my personality and I found that curating playlists sounded so me and so fun, so I just went for it. 

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Tommi Tikka - Facebook Live Interview!

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Tommi Tikka - Facebook Live Interview!

This week's Music Curator chat is with Tommi from the Music to Celebrate Life playlist. It's another wide ranging discussion looking at the problems associated with territory restrictions in the digital age - the challenge of how to listen to all the music that's being submitted to a great chat on the nature of song writing and what makes a great lyric - it's great stuff - thanks Tommi!

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