• Spotted!

    Spotted: The Weightless – Rain

    Today I’m introducing you to Kasper Lindgren, or The Weightless which he uses as his artist name when making piano music. Kasper is a Swedish composer, pianist, born and raised in the capitol, Stockholm.

    The Weightless is my first own project, here I can freely create music I feel to do. There are no rules or some special genre that stands in the way of The Weightless, therefore the first series of songs becomes solo piano and we will see in which direction the next series of songs goes.

    Rain was released in January 2019, and is the first single of many coming this year from The Weightless.

    Tell us something about Rain!
    This is a song I’ve been playing for a long time. The song has had many different parts over the years but became like this when I recorded it. I want to capture the Nordic melancholy but still with a sense of hope.

    Thank you for sharing this with us Kasper! Looking forward to hear more music soon!

    Check out these links for more information about The Weightless:
    Facebook / Instagram / Spotify

  • Behind the piano

    Behind the piano: bzur

    When I first started my Sleepy Songs twitter account; someone sent me a message about bzur’s music, and suggested it for my Sleepy Songs by others playlist on Spotify. After I while, I wrote to bzur, which has since then given me great advice on how to promote my music on Spotify. 

    Well, bzur has done a pretty good job with promotion! Over 80.000 unique listeners every moth!

    What’s your real name? 
    I’d like people discovering it rather than revealing it on an interview. 

    How did you come up with your artist name? 
    It was the first random name which came in my mind when I was approaching the KVR forums (https://www.kvraudio.com)… and I kept that one (btw, in italian “bzur” sounds a bit like “hillbilly”).

    How long have you been playing the piano? 
    I’ve been playing the piano for 35 years…I’m 43, born in 1975.

    How long have you been making piano music?
    Since I was 21, so… 22 years, with a 10 years pause, due to study purposes.

    Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
    I think I could tell you about the moment I realized I could make music AGAIN after 10 years pause. It was really a joy finding that my inspiration was still there!!!

    Have you made music in other genres before?
    I currently spread my productions across various genres… electronic (ambient, synthwave, dance, italo dance, lo-fi beats, chiptune), piano + strings, orchestral…

    What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”? 
    I can’t say I have a favourite one… instead, I’d like to name a group of not well known but hugely talented ladies and guys which help keeping alive the movement: 

    – Gian Marco La Serra, with his strong sense for the melody and flowing accompaniment
    – Luis Berra, whose skills on composing and improvising on multiple genres are simply amazing
    – Michele Nobler, whose fine taste and skills doesn’t cease to surprise me
    – Brique a Braq: everything he does is magic 🙂
    – Olivia Belli, who has just released her first solo work as a composer, which has been a nice surprise to me: nice touch and taste
    – Muriël Bostdorp, a dutch pianist with a delicate sense of melody 
    – Giuliano Poles, a hugely gifted musician and piano virtuoso from Northern-East Italy, involved in amazing piano solo and orchestral compositions
    I’d name also Igor Longhi, Manuel Zito, La Finestra and many, many others… as you can see I’m not a mainstream guy 🙂

    Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s? 
    I tend not get all wrapped up in a thing, so there’s not such a song.
    Anyway, at the moment I’m humming and playing “Little PIece” from “Album for the Young” by Schumann… it’s very easy, but really inspirational for me, as my piano music is based on very few elements.

    What song inspires you the most when you’re making music? Can you name just ONE song/composition?
    I’m not strictly tied to one composition. My compositional process is a sort of passive collage of the daily musical solicitations, and it’s always difficult to get back to the originally sources.

    Tell me something about you latest release. 
    In volo is a series of 7 short piano pieces inspired by a local natural area around my city; it depicts the imaginary flight around this area, as if the listener was a bird him / herself.
    A usual, I kept the pieces short, reducing the redundancy, and trying to convey a simple message a time.
    You may find it on bandcamp with some beautiful pictures taken by my friend Ornella, which is a really gifted photographer – indeed, the EP has been inspired by these gorgeous photos. 

    What’s happening next? New releases etc. 
    Regarding the piano solo production, I have some parallel unfinished projects… at the moment I’m pushing on other genres as lofi and synthwave, and on some collabs around the globe!

    Thank you bzur for this! And thank you for all your help so far!

    Please check out these social accounts for more information about bzur!

    Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Homepage

    And as always. Find the music on Spotify

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: SØLYS – Winter

    Today I want to introduce you to Canadian artist SØLYS and his latest release Winter. SØLYS real name is Michael Chambers and he has his home base in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This is the pseudonym he uses when he makes neo classical music.

    In addition to being a musician and composer, I also work as an audio engineer and music producer under the name moon:and:6.

     Tell us something about your track Winter!
    Winter is part of a series of pieces linked to each season. It’s been done many times before, and for good reason, for not one composer can speak for all of us! For those of us who live in climates with four distinct seasons, each one has certain feelings associated with it, and while some of those feelings are commonly shared, others are deeply personal.

    In writing Winter my goal was to create something haunting and melancholic. Using the AABA form, the A section represents the loneliness of a winter landscape, while the dissonant changes in the B section represent the chaos of a winter storm. The tempo is deliberately slow as time seems to come to a crawl through the winter as we wait for the arrival of spring.

    Well, I can very well relate to those four seasons Michael; living in Sweden and all… Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Please check out these links for more information:
    Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Website

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Midtro – Wonderland

    Today I want to introduce you to Midtro, or Kevin Odnoralov which is his real name. Kevin is an American composer and producer based in Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Firstly, tell us about how you came up with your artist name!
    There was a time when I was trying to put together a structure for an album. I had an intro track but I needed something in the middle. I ended up naming the middle track “midtro”. Basically Middle and Intro in one word. The deeper meaning I find behind Midtro is this: Things in our lives may seem like an introduction to us, but God has already been there (in the middle of it) looking out for us and for our well being. 

    Tell us about the song Wonderland!
    One of my favorite pieces on The Winter Melodies EP is Wonderland. I wrote it on Thanksgiving Day. At my parents home they had a beautiful Christmas tree with gorgeous ornaments hanging of the sides and a humble baby grand piano next to it. I was really inspired by the feeling of Christmas and everything that comes with it, including the snow. And so Wonderland was written then and there.

    Tell us about the EP!
    I’ve always had a love for winter. It brings such warmth and the feeling of home to my heart. I really wanted to release some music that captures the emotions I feel during the winter season. And so I named my EP “The Winter Melodies”.

    Thank you for this wonderful song Kevin! Please check out these social links for more information:
    Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Bhaveek N. Makan – Borivali

    Today I’m introducing you to composer/writer and director Bhaveek N. Makan. He was born in Durban, South Africa, but currently live in Vancouver, Canada.

    Tell us about your track Borivali!
    I wrote “Borivali” when I was beside my girlfriend. I wanted to send her the track during Christmas, because she has a hard time sleeping, just like me. I wanted the track to make us feel better, and calm. The flutes are an Indian influence I wanted to put in the track. Living away from our original home, we find different things to help us stay in touch with our roots. The sounds I added, are sounds that I wanted as a reminder of where we came from. It’s a connection to home.

    Thank you for this wonderful piece of music! For more information, please check out the following links:
    Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Spotify

  • Stories

    Remake

    New music you say?

    Yeah, I got that coming too fairly soon.

    But last week a friend of mine sent me his own version of, what he thinks, is the best song I’ve ever made. The song is called Väntan (Wait) and is taken from my very first album Först ska vi äta, sen sova och sen kommer pappa.

    I have told you before about that album, and how I made it so the kids at the pre school I worked at at the time would have some nice music to fall asleep to (hence Sleepy Songs btw.).

    Anyway. He sent me this song.

    At first I wasn’t sure what he changed with it, because it was basically my track for the first minute. And then it came. The vocals!

    He had written lyrics for my song! And it was wonderful!

    That made me think of two things

    1. Too bad I didn’t know him when I recorded my album 48:50 – because that was pretty much the deal with that album. I write the backgrounds – you write the lyrics and sing the song.
    2. I really need to freshen up that old album of mine and make a re-release.

    So, thats what I’m working on at the moment.

    It was interesting to go through my old projects. I think I read (or watched) Olafur Arnalds talking about the re-release of his first album and how strange it was to go through the old project. What was I thinking here?

    I have changed a couple of things, and I also found a forgotten unreleased song that I will include as a bonus track. I will also skip one of the tracks because it’s not good enough… And of course, I will try to include the vocal version of my song Väntan with dear Anders Wikings’ vocal on it.

    That’s all for now!

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Gian Marco Castro – Haven

    Today I’ll be introducing you to the track Haven by Gian Marco Castro, an Italian composer based in Augusta.

    Tell us something about the release!
    I started like film composer, I have scored more then 50 soundtrack for indie directors then last year I felt that I needed to compose not just for screen but for myself too so I started my first EP that’s named “Healing” now I’m working on my debut album “Haven” it’s the first track.

    Please check out these social links for more information:
    Facebook / Instagram / Spotify

  • Behind the piano

    Behind the piano: Shoshana Michel

    After browsing Spotify playlists for a while; one name came up over and over again in almost every single playlist I saw. It was Shoshana. I listened to a few songs and decided to contact her. She has been very nice and helpful and have come with great advice for a small struggling artist as myself. And, I also want to brag a little bit. She said that my song 0334 was the inspiration for her Lullabies playlist on Spotify.

    Where are you from? And where do you live?
    I’m from the United States, originally from California, and currently live in New York.

    How long have you been playing the piano?
    I started piano lessons at the age of seven.

    Do you play other instruments as well? 
    Yes, I play the accordion, which was the first instrument that I learned on. 

    Tell us about how you started playing music. 
    I started with regular music lessons, starting on the accordion first then adding the piano. When I was in high school, I discovered ragtime and got gigs playing in pizza parlors then landed a job at a very large amusement park where I played solo piano and in some of the shows there. 

    How long have you been making piano music?
    I have been making music since I got that first gig at the pizza parlor. Even though some of the songs that I played were not my own compositions many of them were my own arrangements.

    Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself! 
    I composed my first piano solo in 1991 but didn’t take that piece seriously and didn’t compose again until 2015. In those in-between years not only did I not compose, I couldn’t compose. After I released my first album, which were not my own compositions, I decided that I needed to compose. I sat down at my keyboard and after a few tries I started composing. That moment was surreal to say the least. I had totally convinced myself that I couldn’t compose so when I did, it just didn’t seem real.

    Have you made music in other genres before?
    Currently I’ve only composed in the contemporary solo piano genre. 

    What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
    There are so many incredible pianists in the contemporary solo piano genre.  Some of the artists that have influenced me and have become my favorites include Thad Fiscella, David Lanz, Daniel Ketchum, Christine Brown, David Nevue, Robin Spielberg, Ryan Stewart, just to name a few.

    Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s? 
    Yes, “Finding Bliss” on my new album, Reflection, is a piece that I find myself playing over and over. For me, it’s just a “feel good” song. I named it “Finding Bliss” because very simply when I play it I feel deeply happy within. 

    What song inspires you the most when you’re making music? Can you name just ONE song/composition?
    I don’t think that there is just one song that inspires me the most when I’m composing. Depending on my mood, a certain composer’s style may inspire me.

    Tell us something about you latest release.
    My music reflects who I am. I found myself going through some dark moments as well as everyday challenges, and what I was feeling and experiencing came through my music. Several of the tracks reflect not only what I was going through, but what others may go through at times as well.

    What’s happening next? New releases etc. 
    I’m already composing for my next album. I’m also working on composing for sync licensing for film and transcribing music from my first album.

    Thank you for this Shoshana! You can find more info on these social links:
    Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

    And of course, you should head right over to Spotify to listen to Shoshanas music! 

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur – A song about loss

    Today I will introduce you to Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur, composer and musician from Malta. and

    I’m a keyboardist for pop-rock band Red Electrick, but I’ve also recently ventured on my own side solo project in which I write neoclassical tracks but with a poppy, electronic edge. 

    Tell us something about your track A song about loss!
    The first track I released is called A song about loss (en sang om at miste). It’s a song which was born out of the unnecessary attachments we make with a lot of temporary things and people in our lives, which is why we often end up experiencing the feeling of losing something or someone which we should never have gotten so attached to in the first place. It’s a process like no other seeing a piece of music grow from a simple, sketchy idea which doesn’t say much to a final piece of work which attempts to say a lot. It’s an extremely liberating feeling to get small and personal with your instrument and try to approach your naked reality through it. And this track was essentially my humble attempt to get the listener to see his or her life (rather than mine) in the reflection of my music, despite the difficulty of this when the music lacks words and is not a lyrical medium.

    Will this song be part of an album eventually?
    Actually the album I’m working on will have a bit of a running theme, but I can’t reveal much yet! But just as a teaser.. there’s the idea of the album being a conversation with myself, kind of like a monologue of advice and introspections. 

    Thank you for this wonderful song, and this wonderful video!

    Please check out these social links for more information:
    Instagram / Spotify

  • Spotted!

    Spotted: Federico Delli Santi – Innocenti Scoperte

    Today, I’ll introduce you to Federico Delli Santi, apianist and composer from Vicenza. Hestarted playing the piano at the age of six, first with classical studies and then with modern ones. This is his first single for solo piano, and I am honored to share it!

    Tell us something about Innocenti Scoperte!
    This song contains thoughts, moments, emotions, days, hate and love, told through my most sincere instrument, the piano. The title of the piece comes from all the moments spent with the piano, from all my studies since childhood and all my dreams that led me to start this great project: write an album and share it with everyone. When I sit down at the piano I become a child who has yet to discover all the things in the world, which is why I transform the emotions I hear in music. The music I write comes from the heart because it is always new, to be discovered and listened to. This is how Innocenti Scoperte was born. The goal is to collect this and other future songs in a real album.

    Thank you Federico for this lovely track! And good luck with the album! Looking forward to hear it.

    Please check out these links for more information
    Facebook / Instagram / Spotify