Majin: Highlighting Edmonton Artists

Going with the stage name Majin, He continues his dream of being a musician. Based on the word imagine, Majin continues that passion for music and music’s inherent ability to bring the world to life. He carved out a stage name to bring to light all of the aspects he wants to show off to the world.

Featuring Philip Serino; Love. Family. Music.

Love is the basis of Philip Serino’s music. A love for music, a love for his audience, and a love for his family; all combine into his sound. With family at the foundation of music, he was a part of a musical community from a very young age. Growing up in a family of worship leaders, he was always surrounded by music and music lovers. Music was always something larger than life.

Bringing Elegance to Your Playlist; Top Ten Orchestral Covers

There’s something simplistic and yet so complex about instrumental music. Within an orchestra, there are several diverse instruments such as woodwind, brass, percussion, and string. Each of them adds their own sound to the overall melody of the song. There’s something elegant about orchestral music, even the word orchestral is in itself elegant. Below are some orchestral covers to spice up your date night. These will add a pop of fun and a bit of elegance.

Disney and Dreams; Covering Sleeping Beauty

Second only to Dumbo (who doesn’t speak at all), Aurora had the least lines of any Disney Movie lead. The princess spoke less than 20 lines in the whole film. As the voice of Princess Aurora, Mary Costa became entwined with the character. Regardless of the lack of lines, when the audience does hear her voice especially for the songs she sings, it’s majestic. Trying to decide which specific song to highlight is almost as difficult as the fairy godmother’s trying to decide whether Aurora’s dress should be pink or blue. The scenes where the two fairies couldn’t agree on whether the dress should be pink or blue is inspired by the filmmaker’s own indecision on the dress’s colour. The iconic song of Sleeping Beauty is “Once Upon a Dream” is the focus of our article. Enjoy these amazing covers!

Epic Piano Arrangements; A Feature on Rhaeide

There’s something simply classic and elegant about a piano. However classical doesn’t mean old or boring, as many see classical or orchestral music. It’s energetic. It’s subtle. It’s powerful. It’s elegant. As an instrument, the piano brings an emphasizing power and subtle gentleness to each and every note.

That’s exactly what the pianist, Alvaro Arizcun, is known for. Online he’s known as Rhaeide. 

Veronica Pineapples; Profile of Local Edmonton Musician

For many people, music is a way to cope through rough times. There’s music for when you’re heartbroken, for when you’re mourning, for when you’re angry. For Veronica Pineapple, that’s the main aspect of music for her. If she went through anything hard music is there for her. She wants to be there for people in the same way.

Disney and Dreams: Covering Tarzan

The man behind the Tarzan soundtrack is Phil Collins. He was the main guy throughout the film arranging, composing and singing the songs. Other musicians that also contributed to the soundtrack include Mark Mancina, Glenn Close, Rosie O’Donnell, and Paul Bogaev. Together, they provided a gorgeous soundtrack with the voice of Phil Collins throughout. Phil Collins brings in some deep and heavy emotions into the lyrics and the movie itself. 

Simlish Cover Songs

The songs they play from Sims 2 onward mimic the songs of our world but in Simlish or Sims English. So it’s seriously weird because it’s songs in a gibberish language. But they’re good.

Metal Christmas Songs

Just because you’re a metalhead doesn’t mean that you can’t like Christmas music. Here’s a list of metal Christmas Covers to bring a moshpit to the holidays. 

Retail Christmas Music; It’s not all bad?

A Consumer Reports survey, reports that 90% of respondents noted something that stressed them out over the holiday season. While it wasn’t the top complaint, Christmas music was on the list with 23% of people saying it was their chief complaint. That is after crowds and long lines (68%), gaining weight (37%), getting into debt…

GameboyJones; A Rapper of the Geek Genre

Austin Jones is a musician based in Kent, Ohio. Starting his music career on YouTube in 2016, he’s quickly made a name for himself as a rapper in a rather nerdy genre. Ever wanted to hear a rap about My Hero Academia, or Black Panther, or Star Wars, or Cup Head? Geeky and nerdy raps are right up his alley.

Leigh & Liam

  ‘Rose coloured lenses’ is one of Leigh’s favourite musical memories. They travelled to Paris to perform the song on the lawn just in front of the Eiffel tower, making a gorgeous backdrop and ambiance for the music video. “It was a whirlwind trip. We only had one day in Paris, and we carried all…

Musical Gender-Bending

Gender-bending is switching the original gender of something to a different gender. This style is used for quite a lot within fandoms, artistry, music, nearly every form of creativity can use gender-bending in some way or form including cover songs.

While We Wait For Season 4……

Rick and Morty is a science fiction animation for an adult audience. The whole show is satirical and cynical. It’s described as a dark comedy that makes complete sense. Rick and Morty takes seriously dark and solemn topics and jokes about them. It’s a show that will make you laugh about the universe is meaningless,…

What can Fans do to support the music industry?

Talking with the musicians themselves. There are several ways that a fan can support their favourite artists. Cody Blakey; a local recording engineer, Leshan Masikonte; of Melafrique, Phillip Rodda of Medical Pilot, and Angeles Joselito; the owner of Apollo Entertainment Company in interviews with Switching Styles, discussed the best way to help artists during a crisis

Covid-19’s has Hard Financial Impact on Musicians

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been difficult to do much of anything. This includes making a living. It’s harder for those that rely on groups and in-person connection. As the pandemic continues, it shows the industries that are more vulnerable and susceptible. The Music industry is being hit hard during the pandemic.

Financial Supports for Canadian Musicians during Covid-19

The music industry is being hit hard during the pandemic. As musicians rely on live performances for a great deal of their income, isolation and social distancing makes it very difficult to stay afloat at times.

Read more about the financial impacts on musicians here.

There are several avenues for financial aid for musicians during the pandemic. Below is an incomplete list of financial aid for Canadian musicians.

Covid-19 Negatively Impacts on Music Audience Confidence says National Survey

Covid-19 is a pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of people’s lives. This is especially true for in-person events such as live music. In the case of live music, most audience members are hesitant to return to their music-loving during the pandemic. One in five Canadians has had a live music event postponed while another 20% have had events cancelled due to the pandemic. 

Quaalude Beats Q&A

Quaalude Beats is a German music producer known for his electronica beats. Combining the sounds of electronica, hip hop, and dubstep, he creates unique and fantastic beats perfect for any Quaalude trip.

Featuring Quaaludes Beats

Quaalude Beats is a German music producer and creator of amazingly energetic beats. Taking his stage name from a drug within Leonardo DiCaprio “The Wolf of Wallstreet” (2013), he continues to provide the same trippy effects.

Edmonton’s Hyper-Local Music Collections

Edmonton’s music scene is bright and vibrant. Although, it’s not as prominent as Vancouver or Toronto, Edmonton is a hub for music of all genres. Taking Edmonton’s music into their digital collections, the University of Alberta and The Edmonton Public Library each have collections of local music from Edmonton artists. 

Revisiting the Nightmare Revisited Album

The album Nightmare Revisited, is a collection of covers from the soundtrack which started with the additions to film’s 2006 re-release in Disney Digital 3-D. Included in the  13th- anniversary edition DVD was a bonus disc with covers of five of the film’s songs by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, and She Wants Revenge. 

331ERock Meets Switching Styles

Behind the youtube channel, is Eric Calderone, a metal guitarist. He describes himself as a “Tattoo gettin’ comic book readin’ guitar strummin’ point and clickin’ tv watchin’ movie buffin’ wifey lovin’ average guy.”