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Switched On Pop | How Dirty Projectors Make You Feel Energy (with David Longstreth)

22nd November 2018 | Music

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Brooklyn band Dirty Projectors are known for their kaleidoscopic soundscapes. They make strange bedfellows of dissimilar music techniques like 14th vocal harmonies and African guitar rhythms. But in the backdrop of their obscure orchestrations you will hear the indelible marks of pop music.

Band member David Longstreth has recently collaborated on songs with Solange, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. On his new track 'I Feel Energy' we can hear that pop influence shine through.

Together we break down his unpredictable 808s to see what gives you energy. We also build connections between Dirty Projectors and other artists in the top 100 including Marshmello, Ella Mai and Khalid.

How Dirty Projectors Make You Feel Energy (with David Longstreth)

Nate and Charlie sit down with Dirty Projector's David Longstreth to breakdown how his unpredictable 808s make you feel energy in music. (54 minutes)

Watching The Throne | Big Brother: Lo Siento, Hovito

22nd November 2018 | Music

Watching The Throne is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. Hosts Travis and Chris go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind his albums.

For Kanye fans, this might be the Ye-centric lyrical discussion you've been waiting for. For musicians and writers, this is practical insight into how one of the best storytellers in music history does what he does. Plus, there is a news show about Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay-Z. We look at the top 5 posts from Reddit's Kanye community, r/Kanye. And discuss other relevant Ye topics. And there's the interview series, My StorYe, where Travis and Chris interview people about their relationship with Kanye West.

During the narrative of 'Graduation', Kanye West indulged in the money, the alcohol, the drunk and hot girls that come with fame, which cost him his relationship with Chicago — and with his big brother. The closing track to 'Graduation' positions Kanye in a reflective, alienated state as he heads into an album that's nothing but heartbreak and loneliness.

In this episode of Watching The Throne, Chris and Travis break down Kanye and JAY-Z's falling out, line by line.

Big Brother: Lo Siento, Hovito

During the narrative of Graduation, Kanye West indulged in the money, the alcohol, the drunk and hot girls that come with fame, which cost him his relationship with Chicago—and with his big brother. (82 minutes)

ReverbNation Discover | The fake band on the real tour

14th November 2018 | Music

ReverbNation Discover is the only place to discover fresh new artists, as well as to gain music industry insight and expertise on how to fulfil your music career ambitions – with help from ReverbNation’s platform for new artists and it’s expert insight into all different aspects of the music industry.

Listen to new episodes every other Friday, from 7pm (UK), only on W!ZARD Radio Station.

In the modern music industry it’s possible to reach fans all around the world – platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube enable an artist to upload a single song and for fans in hundreds of countries to discover them.

But, touring is still hugely important and not much has changed in that world. In order to book a headline tour, you need to have fans in that territory. Nowadays, a lot of tour promoters and bookers use data from social media and streaming platforms to help determine where a tour should go… but, what if you buy fake followers and fudge the numbers?

That’s exactly what happened with the band Threatin. The booked a UK tour visiting venues such as famous London venue The Underworld based off of their social media numbers – which were faked. So, was it a surprise when only three fans showed up?

The band has now split mid-tour and the rest of their shows cancelled – but not before the news reached global media outlets.

On ReverbNation Discover, we used the example of Threatin to discuss the importance of creating an authentic fanbase… and the way to NOT get yourself booked for a tour.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

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