The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Half Light Music to talk about their new album coming next month. You can find them on the “Indie Rock” station on Ourtunez.com.
Natives from parts of the suburbs of Detroit, Half Light Music is a group of likeminded musicians, making moves around the city. HLM began when Cheyenne Goff gathered some friends from a past band called Bliss 66. He soon found the rest of the pieces to the puzzle and they began to make music. “The name comes from the idea that we are only partially illuminated while we try and shine a light of our own.” Goff told me.
Over the last couple of months, HLM has been in the process of recording a new album titled, Creative Differences. Trying to reinvent yourself in someways, but staying true to what you love can be a sticky situation at times. “We all passionately wanted to try something new, and if not “new” exactly, at least different than that which we are comfortable doing.”
One new concept they wanted to and did incorporate on this new album was to do more electronic friendly tunes. They had previously fooled around with some tracks and enjoyed it so much that they wanted to make it part of their new material. “We received such positive reactions from some of the remixes we had done with previous material that we felt it would be cool to basically turn the process inside out; starting with some of these electronically oriented arrangements on the front end adding the more conventional “rock n’ roll” elements after.”
After days of working in close quarters with each other, this can put tensions in the band at an all time high. “During the course of recording this record the band went through an extreme roller coaster of emotions. Quarrels, gripes and even some fisticuffs on one occasion.” Fortunately everyone made it out alive and the band feels that it is their best work to date.
The name of our game is to take indie artists to the main stage. And There is no better way to achieve that then becoming part of our team, if you’re looking to get into the ears of fellow music heads. “I greatly appreciate what Ourtuenz is doing to promote indie music in such a cool, user friendly, and worldwide format.” You can find Half Light Music on our indie rock station and to hear their new record head to the release party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit on November 10th. Cheers!
On this week’s installment of the Ourtunez Backstage Pass series we are featuring East coast up-and-comers, Darlingside. Boogie on over to Ourtunez.com to check them out along with the rest of our featured artists!
Darlingside consists of a unique group of five friends who met in college in a songwriting class. They went on to create a special sound, with roots intertwined in rock, classical and folk music. Natives of New England, Darlingside utilizes an array of instruments and talent ranging from mandolins, a cello, and astonishing songwriters. Don Mitchell, lead guitarist, vocalist, and Interweb Outreach Coordinator, gave me the deets about the whole gang.
“Darlingside is our nod to the expression “kill your darlings,” which refers to the willingness to ditch your favorite, cleverest aspect of a work of art in order that the whole thing can move forward,” Mitchell said. Bringing together like-minded musical souls, makes the songwriting process for this group a bit of an adventure. “Since all of us are songwriters, it’s exciting to see how a given song gets pushed toward completion. And there is always an enormous supply of ideas floating around there.”
Don’t characterize their sound as folk, Darlingside believes that their blend of music flows naturally from their particular instrumentation and artistic sensibilities which defines their sound. “We don’t really worry about genre as we’re putting together our music,” Mitchell said. This explains their complex melodies and fascinating harmonization which helps set them apart from similar groups.
The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we sat down with Texas folk duo Dawn and Hawkes to talk about songwriting, independent music, and dancing in bars with strangers. You can find them on the “Soft and Folk Rock” station on Ourtunez.com.
Update: Dawn and Hawkes recently made a memorable appearance on NBC’s The Voice Season 6 Blind Audition. Adam Levine described it as his favorite performance ever on the show. They sang a cover of the Beatles “I’ve Just Seen a Face”. It quickly became the number one single on the iTunes Rock charts. Shakira emphasized how their love for each other captivates audiences.
Dawn and Hawkes are a high-powered, energetic Folk duo from Austin, Texas. Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes have been making music for little over a year now, and have been keeping the wheels moving with a rigorous touring schedule that seems to be doing anything, but settle down. “We’ve been touring regularly with nearly 200 shows over the year,” Hawkes said. “We joke that it’s the “date that never ends” and cheesy as that sounds, it feels great to know what you love, to get to do it everyday,” Dawn explained.
The first time these two met was like a scene out of the movie Dirty Dancing. “We met dancing to the blues at TC’s, an old juke joint way out on the east side of Austin. I was with my friends, when all of a sudden this big grinnin’ red headed guy walks up and asks me to dance.” Dawn said. She is usually hesitant to dance with strangers, but there was something confident and sweet about this guy. “After we danced I think I wanted to remember that encounter as a perfect beginning and nothing more so we politely exchanged names.” Six months later they reconnected and started a very special connection.