SOUND ON SOUND MAGAZINE MENTIONS BIG SOUNDS BETTER

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Big Sounds Better Mentioned in “Sound on Sound” Magazine

During Miami Music Week 2018, Big Sounds Better appeared at the Miami Music Expo hosted at the SAE Institute in Miami.  The band appeared along side Miami Music Engineer and Festival Producer Ariel Lopez music brands such as Yamaha, RME Audio, Eventide, and many more. The band did a live studio recording in front of the expo audience followed by a mixing session by Lopez.

Click here to read the article below where Big Sounds Better and their movement is mentioned

By: Jim Elton

https://www.soundonsound.com/news/graham-cochrane-added-music-expo-miami-line

Big Sounds Better Palm Beacher Magazine Article Feature

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Local South Florida Band Wins 2018 SunFest Battle Of The Bands, Will Perform At The Music Festival

by Holly Gabriel

For up-and-coming bands, there’s no better feeling than getting to perform on a stage with a big audience, in hopes that it leads the band closer to their dreams.

That’s why SunFest Battle of the Bands is so exciting for local performers. Battle of the Bands, held by the SunFest music festival, happened on March 28. Five bands competed at the event for the final spot on this year’s SunFest lineup.

This year’s winner: Big Sounds Better (BSB), a progressive, urban music group based in South Florida.

BSB’s music has been topping college radio charts, and the band has performed at various music festivals, such as Miami’s Art Basel in 2016 and 2017, Daytona Main Street Live, Delandapalooza and South by Southwest.

BSB describes their style of music as progressive maximalism—a fusion of pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk and be-bop. You can listen to their EP at soundcloud.com/bigsoundsbetter/sets/big, or catch them at SunFest on May 6, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the jetBlue stage.

For more information on SunFest, go to sunfest.com.

COURTESY OF PALM BEACHER MAGAZINE

https://www.palmbeachermagazine.com/noteworthy/local-south-florida-band-wins-2018-sunfest-battle-bands-will-perform-music-festival

Review of “The ‘BIG’ EP” by W.W. McWiggin

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by W.W. McWiggin

The Big Ep begins with U Name It, I Got It featuring Chris O’ Neil. On the surface, the song is a funky smash. The beat is fantastic, it dares you not to dance along (you will definitely lose the dare). It displays the BIG sound we were promised, filling every inch of available space with groovy goodness. Then, there is the hook. Perfectly written, it encompasses the mainstream pop feel you get from the song as a whole. The lyrics of the hook are straightforward and easy to grasp, so even the stupidest of us will be singing along by the third go-round. To top it off, Chris’ voice is outstanding, encapsulating the happy-go-lucky vibe of the song. Under the surface, however, is where you find the true brilliance of the song. It takes a few listens for sure, but eventually, there it is—a critique of something bigger. Andy Box takes a song about a girl at a club looking for easy love and adds a deep and beautiful layer. All of a sudden, we wonder what this girl represents, or who? That is up to you to decide. Let’s just say your brain should be moving as rapidly as your feet when your jamming out to this one!

After getting us up on our feet and moving, Big Sounds Better decides it is time to take us to space—or beyond it. One has to assume the second song, Entanglement, helped inspire the album cover. The beat is otherworldly. It is masterfully recorded and mixed, truly giving it the ability to transport you off the planet earth. The drums are on point, as is the bridge, which couldn’t have been better. Then, there is the vocals. Andy Box transfers from rapping to singing with ease, from bars to ballad. The real beauty of the song though, is the pain. “Hold on tight to all your pleasures/I’ll come steal your pain” embodies a burden, a burden born from “true love”. You can hear it in Andy’s voice, it’s powerful—I must admit I was brought to tears by it—and true. Clearly, one of the “two hearts” has made a paramount decision, a sacrifice of self for the purpose of love. A sacrifice that the “heart” believes will never be acknowledged in this lifetime, or even in this world. Yet, the “heart” takes on this burden anyway. It is devastating. But, Andy doesn’t leave us crushed. No, instead he gives us hope. The “heart” may not believe their sacrifice will pay off in this life, but it will eventually; in the “entangled spaces”, when the two hearts are reunited once more. With Entanglement, Big Sounds Better have created a masterpiece that is both breathtakingly beautiful and utterly heartbreaking. It is, in my humble (side note-check out that Big Sounds Better Humble Remix) opinion, tied for best song on the EP.

Ah, the descent. Is it coincidence that Save Yourself from Me comes after Entanglement? A song about true love and the sacrifices it demands, and then a song where the first line of the first verse is “I don’t think that love is meant for me”? I think not. Big Sounds Better literally dropped us from space to hell, just like that. The beat begins as a smooth guitar riff, as if the descent begins slowly, but before long it drops into madness. Hard drums and a powerful guitar create a Coheed and Cambria-like sound that is both chaotic and precise. The bridge is intense as well, the effects on the guitar create an ambient epicness, further adding to the hellish vibe of the piece; I couldn’t help but think of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the first time I heard the bridge. With his first words, Andy sets up the entire song, “This devil on my head tryna serenade/manipulate/and just penetrate.” Obviously, something or someone got into Andy’s head, forcing him to battle with their point of view. And battle he does. With a vicious flow and top-notch bars Andy attacks this devil, striking their point of view down, each bar like a blow from a longsword. I mean, you don’t get much better than, “I believe that Heaven has a plan/Still were free to never understand/hiding from the truth we on the lam(b)/scared to see that love is such a scam/now I’m petty/and I’m pennyless/pessimism just to bring you bliss/you don’t wana love me baby/if you ever wana love me/think of this.” Flow, rhyme scheme, alliteration, and content melding together to create perfection. Obviously Andy knows this, which is why we hear the sequence in both verses. At this point in the EP, I wondered if Andy had really given up on love. Does he really believe that “love is a such a scam”, when only one song ago he sings of true love? After a few more listens, we the differentiation becomes apparent. True love is different from plain love. True love is eternal, it finds its way no matter the dimension, the space, the time. Plain love, however, seems to reference a more man-made version of the concept. Andy ties this sort of love to laziness (“Love is lazy never working”) and ignorance (“I don’t wana swim in the abyss/blissful ignorance is ship wreckage”). Plain love is the devils idea of love. More on this a bit later.

I must admit, Big Things is the one song on the EP that doesn’t quite fit to me. There is, in my opinion, a story of sorts being told. I’m not certain the story was intended, it could be entirely my interpretation, but art is seen and heard through the eyes and ears of the audience, so yeah. Either way, Big Things sounds like a stand alone single to me. My reason for saying that is because it is almost a theme song of sorts. It’s quintessential Big Sounds better, as the beat sounds huge, and Andy’s bars are top-notch. The song has a confident presence and it gives off a “we’re here to stay” vibe. However, because it has a theme song feel to it, it carries an inherent corniness that forces it to stand at a distance from it’s very not-corny counterparts.The song is dope, but it is overshadowed by the depth of songs that surround it.

I will never stop loving this song! The song is beautiful, and is the other song tied for my favorite on the EP. The keys are played with elegance. The guitar and accompanying instruments create an uplifting sonic experience. However, the true bright spot of the beat is the drums. They add a power to the song that takes it to the next level. Then, there is the brilliance of the singers. Two voices that carry so much soul and portray vast quantities of love. They work off each other flawlessly, creating a nearly tangible chemistry. Also, kudos to whoever decided to have the male voice alone on verse one and the female voice alone on verse two; it really enhances the portions of the song where the singers perform together. Andy, who isn’t heard on the song, wrote wonderful lyrics for this piece. “I hope your life is a run on sentence/and it leaves you breathless,” is pure poetry. When outstanding lyrics pour from the two singers’ mouths, they become stunning, a true work of art. Lastly, this song signals the end of the story. If Save Yourself from Me leaves us pondering belief in love and true love, Never Stop Loving You gives us a glimpse of the answers he’s found. He clearly hasn’t given up on love at all.

The Big Ep is Big Sounds Better’s first full offering. In my opinion, they should be really proud of what they just added to music. It is a diverse work that fully displays their ability to meld genres. They have proven they can create songs that are both easy to jam out to and deep. If you are just looking to throw on some good music and vibe, then look no further. If you are looking to ponder bigger questions, or dissect metaphors, then look no further. No matter your taste in music, there should be a song on here for you. Remember, Big Sounds Better!

The highest selling genre in America!

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Hip-Hop has become the highest selling genre in America for the first time in its history.
Hip-hop has been making history this summer surpassing rock music in overall sales to become the highest selling genre in America. This notable fact comes as a result of some high profile releases this year, including Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, and DJ Khaled.

This weeks Billboard 200 chart exemplifies hip-hop’s domination with 5 hip-hop albums in the top 10, all of which are repeat charters (meaning this week was not their debut!). Lamar, Jay, Khaled, 21 Savage, and Meek Mill all charted in the top 10, each of which charted higher than 6.Will this trend continue to last? It is unclear; however one thing is certain: Hip-hop isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


Source:

Billboard.com

The LONDON CRAZE FOR HOMELY GIGS

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Sofar – Songs From A Room – sets up free, intimate and unplugged gigs by emerging artists. A key added element of secrecy comes from the fact that the venue is revealed only a couple of hours before the show. Invitations are sent out to those who sign up to a mailing list.

“It’s growing faster than we ever imagined. In just three years we’ve grown to over 60 gigs a month across 70 cities,” said Offer. “We pick acts from every genre, so you never know if you’ll get an indie band, a beat boxer or even an opera singer.” For the guests the aim is to catch a band early in its career. “Bastille have played a couple of times, the National played at an event in Washington DC and the Staves played in Belsize Park a couple of years ago.”

Sofar Sounds now hosts shows from Amsterdam to Mumbai. Even small domestic spaces fit the bill and anyone keen to host a show can nominate their own lounge. On Friday night, the indie trio and Island Records signing We Were Evergreen played to 75 people in an arty flat in Paris. Another 350 people applied for a ticket but could not make it in.

The London craze for homely gigs has started an international “pop-up wave of events”, now encompassing, cinema, music and food. Operating on a similar basis is the company Secret Concerts, which works in collaboration with the recording label UntiedArtists. Like Sofar, they ask for donations from their guests and went into business, they say, because: “The most satisfying gigs are those where an intimate environment, a committed audience and a great performance combine to create a charged atmosphere.”

ARCADE FIRE BLAZES TO TOP OF CHARTS

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The band’s 5th Full length album debuts at #1 on Billboard Charts.

This weeks Billboard warrants a celebration in the rock community as Arcade Fire’s 5th full length album debuts at the #1. Only the second rock album to do so this summer (following Halsey’s ‘“hopeless fountain Kingdom” released early in June), this debut shows the strength of Arcade Fire’s loyal fan base and is a testament to their powerful sound and strong songwriting.

Claiming the #2 spot is Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.”, still near the top of the charts after being on for 16 weeks. #3 is Meek Mill “Wins and Losses”, followed by DJ Khaled’s “Grateful” and Jay-Z’s “4:44” rounding out the top 5.

FULL TOP 10 list below:
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
Meek Mill – Wins and Losses
DJ Khaled – Grateful
Jay-Z – 4:44
21 Savage – Issa
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Descendants 2 – Soundtrack
Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey

By Andy Box
About the author (bio)
Sources:
http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200