Hello everyone and welcome to this new section of Fresh on the Net, Six Degrees.
Every week I will feature 6 bands that have already featured in some way on Fresh On The Net – two videos, two songs and two live performances.
In order to reinforce the work of the bands and artists that have participated in Fresh On The Net, Six Degrees is designed to track the progression of these musicians. Often bands and artists have success at having their work featured in magazines or blogs, but what happens next?
Magazines and blogs aren’t always able to continue to feature these artists and many times pass them up for another band with new releases. In 6 degrees, I will try to return to these bands, keeping alive their work and encouraging them to move forward, as many of these artists are in very early stages of their career.
In this section I will try to highlight artists who may not have reached the Fresh Faves, but who have not gone unnoticed by the team – and especially by me. Everyone who votes here every weekend knows how difficult it is to choose just 5 artists. Many of us include comments about another 5 or 10 of them that we would have included.
In Six Degrees, any band that has been in the batch of the 30 artists on the listening post that it is published every weekend can be included, and I want to keep encouraging them to keep and grow that participation.
With the help of Tom and Johnno, we have designed a format of 6 bands (two in each category – video, song and live performances), mixing artists from the Fresh Faves with those who were popular with our team, and those that I personally like best.
I hope you enjoy this section of Fresh On The Net and that it becomes so successful that I can include even more bands in the future.
Thank you and enjoy!
Intervals – Water
Motivation, effort and determination are the principles that are outlined in this beautiful video from Intervals. And these are the same principles that many musicians practice when they are learning an instrument or during the rehearsal of a certain sound. Music and sport are often marked by the same road.
Sex Hands – Way No Way
But music is also about having fun and it has a thousand ways of expression. Not always the most difficult path leads to the best result. The music of Sex Hands is one example of this and with less formality it produces on me other sensations that I need in my daily life.
By the way, have you ever played with your dog’s mouth while it sleeps? Making thousand of faces by moving its nose up and you see its teeth? This funny video has many of those doggy faces that I’m talking about.
Magic Arm – Through The Mire
Another track from one of the top 10 bands that were on the listening batch 32 last week and that I personally like very much. It is very gratifying when we find a new band that we like, but it is even more gratifying when we follow that band and we find out that we like so many tracks from them.
JoyLand – Bella The Butcher
“Bella The Butcher” is perhaps the most conventional song of this Londoner indie rock band, JoyLand. With dark atmospheres that open progressively, the band is completing the release of a brilliant work, including other great tracks like “Whitebate“, “Trucks Of The Sea” and “H.O.M.E“.
Live sessions will be the part of this series of posts that will include gig videos, acoustic sessions, studio sessions, radio performances, and any other kind of live records.
In order to have a closer overview of the different bands and artists participating on Fresh On The Net, in this subsection I will try to bring an approach of their live music, from groundbreaking and wild performances, to sensitive and romantic ones.
Alex Lipinski – When Will I Be Home
Melissa James – Have a Good Day
Melissa James is one of the artists that I have known trough Fresh On The Net and that I have been following since then. With a wonderful voice and style, Melissa’s work touches different genres like Blues, Jazz and Soul defining an elegant fusion of sounds.
This performance was recorded at The Green Note in Camden on Thursday 21 June 2012, during the celebration of Melissa’s debut album launch party, Day Dawns.
- Intervals: Indie Rock. Batch 31 (Fresh Fave, Top Team, My 5).
- Sex Hands: Garage Rock. Batch 32 (Top Team, My 5; Different track).
- Magic Arm: Indie Pop. Batch 32 (Fresh Fave, Top Team; Different track).
- Joyland: Indie Rock. Batch 31 (Top Team, My 5).
- Alex Lipinski: Folk, Singer-songwriter. Batch 4 (Fresh Fave, n/a; Different track).
- Melissa James: Blues, Jazz, Soul. Batch 7 & 29 (Fresh Fave, My 5; Different track).
Top 10: Band on “Fresh Faves”; Top Team: Band voted by Fresh On The Net team; My 5: My own sellection; Top 30: Band from any batch; n/a: Not applicable, batch where I didn’t participate.