Month: August 2016

Tora Woloshin

Tora Woloshin and Her Pop Revolution

The name Tora Woloshin may not ring a bell for the majority of mainstream music listeners, but she is definitely the kind of pop star that more people should be listening to nowadays. For those that do know her, probably discovered her during the debut season of X Factor USA, quickly becoming a favorite for Simon Cowell, and if there’s one person in the world that can truly spot talent, it’s the ever-so-blunt, veteran talent judge.

Prior to her X Factor premiere, she had gone through a series of auditions for Lucky Break, a singing contest spanning months on end that required her to quickly learn her songs. After making it to the final round, she had been called for the X Factor audition, driving back and forth between the two competitions. While that was chaotic to say the least, it was the moment of one of her greatest successes, winning Lucky Break and capturing the hearts of the X Factor judges and audience alike with her rendition of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

The globally recognized talent contest that recently lent its theme to the gaming industry with the upcoming launch of The X Factor Games as well as the hugely popular X Factor Board Game, helped Woloshin open up a world of opportunities, despite not making it that far along in the competition. From there, her fan base grew, ultimately signing with Fli Life Music, through whom she released her single with.

Her single “Guns & Roses” resonated with her fans and the music industry at large, but after witnessing the corrupt side of the business, she ended her contract with the indie label to write and produce her own music in hopes of collaborating with fellow musicians who share the same vision as her. Though Woloshin may not be recognized by the mainstream, she has already opened for acts like NeYo, toured with hip hop sensation B.o.B., and worked alongside Jay-Z.

Her style is a mix of pop, R&B and rock, which is will be highlighted in her current project, “XXVII.” With electronic dance music dominating the pop music scene, the LA born singer-songwriter tells American Pride Magazine, “I feel like trendy and contemporary is no longer current. Music is going to start going backwards, to the days of reality and live instrumentation. The soul will return.”

It’s refreshing to find an artist that refuses to hop on the EDM bandwagon, and with the release of her new album, Woloshin plans to ignite a pop revolution to bring life back into the genre.

Check out “Guns and Roses” by Tora Woloshin




End of the World

If you want to see , experience and feel what the future of Music will be like then you need to play a few songs by Japanese Theatrical Band, The End of the World.

SEKAI NO OWARI (or End of the World) played to a sell out crowd at the Hollywood Roxy the other night and I was fortunate enough to be invited.
Prior to the show I had listened to a few songs by End of the World and even had done a few features on Coming Up, but nothing would have prepared me for what turned out to be one of the most amazing shows I have been to all year.

This was the first show in the USA for SEKAI NO OWARI and no one knew what to expect since most of their songs are in Japanese and tailored around a Japanese audience. But what transpired was a beautiful presentation of some of their, in my opinion, best tracks including Anti-Hero, Mr. Heartache, Death Disco and my personal favorite Dragon Night.


In all the band played nine of their songs and were somehow able to capture the unique nuances of their recorded music that demonstrated just how truly talented this up and coming band really is.

Sure their English was not the best but that for me added to the uniqueness. To actually hear them sing their songs in English was beautiful as their attempt to communicate with audience in their broken English moved them from a highly produced performance act to humble artist who wanted nothing more than to connect with their audience and demonstrate their personal warmth and love for music and their fans.

Technically the band played flawlessly. The core band members were flanked by two additional members – one playing drums and the other playing electric and stand-up bass . These two additional musicians were wearing tapir masks – or even possibly alien head costumes which immediately made the show other worldly from the moment they took to the stage.

In all it was a fantastically rich show and I am so moved by the bands desire to broaden their fan base to include America. They may likely be the first J-Pop band that succeeds in the US and I would not be surprised if the next time they are here they are playing to sell out crowds at the Staple center or other larger arenas. They are that good.

Thank you SEKAI NO OWARI. Your music is spiritual and big enough to touch the world in ways perhaps you never expected.



Shocking New Photos Of The Loch Ness Monster Captured By Tourists

Of all the various aliens, axe murderers and leprechauns that inhabit the realms of folklore and myth, there is none so ancient, enduring and captivating as that of the Loch Ness Monster.

More famous than Bigfoot, Chupacabra or the Jersey Devil, for untold years both locals and visitors to the placid highland waters have reported sighting a mysterious serpentine creature gliding through the lake before silently disappearing below the waves again.


Of course, a gigantic Scottish plesiosaur is a difficult thing to miss, assuming that it does exist. There have been many attempts made in the past by scientists and sceptics to definitively prove or disprove once and for all the existence of the legendary creature. But despite using the most expensive radiographs and sonar available, there continues to be fresh footage and images of the purported animal even today. To see the latest sighting of Nessie for yourself, click here for more stories.




Why it does not matter what is said. It’s all about who we think said it.

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different views on just about everything. Jimmy Kimmel always wonders about whether people are really paying attention to those issues or not. For the most part, he thinks it doesn’t matter what a candidate says, it just matters which candidate says it. To put this theory to the test, Jimmy Kimmel asked diehard members of Team Hillary if they agreed with some stuff Hillary has said. But the quotes  asked about were not from Hillary, they were actually quotes from Donald Trump. So check out if these Democrats agree with Donald Trump?


Why Artist Should Embrace Who They Are

Having lived and worked with multiple artists, I now realize how difficult it is for them to find the right balance between their social life and their art. If you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is writing and playing music, know that you’re not alone.

If, when someone ask you ‘What do you do for fun’ the first thing that comes to your mind is being in the studio creating music, know that it is a beautiful thing and you shouldn’t feel bad, the way you are is a blessing.

Artists are incredible human beings who see the world through a different lens, they are vehicles of culture, they allow us to connect with other people on a deeper level. They strive to find the right words and sounds to express themselves and they end up creating stories that everyone can relate to. Therefore it makes total sense that they are not interacting the same way as ‘non creative’ people because they perceive things differently.

We live in a society where artists are misunderstood, we encourage creativity but we don’t take the time to understand how artists feel and process the world around them. I’ve been asked several times: How can I keep my creative space in a world that revolves around so much social expectations? Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you embrace the artist in you!

– Surround yourself with people who get it/ get you. 

It’s essential that people understand how you work, that you need your creative space, your desire to create/play music is deeply-rooted, it is a part of you and your circle should understand and respect the amount of time you dedicate to your art.

– Let go of social pressure / expectations

We won’t change the world over night. It is important that you accept that some people will always pressure you to change. You’re doing something that is not concrete for logical and non-creative people. They will always try to make you doubt yourself. Be confident and know that you are on the right path because you’re embracing the gift you’ve been given.

– Don’t be so hard on yourself

I see so many artists beat themselves up because they feel like they are not ‘normal’ or not ‘good enough’, that their art is not worthy. I believe we can use negative emotions to fuel creativity. However, as an artist, its important to take the time to identify your emotions and see the kind of impact it has on your creative process. Check out ‘emotional intelligence’ if you’d like to get further information on this topic!

by Charlotte Gomes 08-04-2016