Electronica band Daystar releases single ‘Thrasher’

The writers and producers of dark electronica music known as Daystar have released their debut single, “Thrasher.” The track is the first official selection to be made available from their upcoming album, “Rise,” which is expected to appear sometime in 2015. A second single, “Daylight,” is also scheduled for release soon. Shadowy, pulsing and otherworldly, Daystar’s “Thrasher” is a vibrant new take on the goth and industrial sound which ruled the underground dance culture at the turn of the millennium.

Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Daystar name only the Prodigy, whose popular “Firestarter” single represents only the tip of an iceberg six-albums deep. Fans of the seminal UK group will be enthusiastic on hearing Daystar’s “Thrasher,” which belongs to the same category of music but brings modern nuances to the old sound. This new, highly polished electronica style keeps its best qualities while eschewing those attributes which kept industrial music out of the mainstream for more than a decade.

A leading example of the Daystar sound, “Thrasher” has a deep groove which makes it perfect for dance clubs and parties, but also a grim chord progression and arresting sonic texture which will appeal to music aficionados listening on headphones or in their cars. Far more intriguing than EDM and having lyrical hooks and narratives not often heard in pop or dance music, “Thrasher” is a track which music fans of many genres will appreciate.

Daystar’s characteristic sound is a blend of haunting vocal work by members Ghost and Ms. Day (who does not sing on “Thrasher” but who regularly lends her voice) and instrumental work by bassist and guitarist Lefty. This mix of digital accompaniment and live sounds makes for a strong balance with a remarkably high emotional impact, one which the “Thrasher” single suggests will be thoroughly explored on their upcoming 2015 record.

Several music videos are in production to herald the release of their “Rise” album, one of which will accompany the release of “Thrasher.” Starring in the “Thrasher” video is Europe’s strongest man, Thor Juliusson, whom many will recognize as Mountain from the popular “Game of Thrones” television series. Daystar’s second single, “Daylight,” will also feature an official video, and the band have intimated that a steady flow of such visuals will be forthcoming, making their music not only a sonic adventure but also a cinematic experience.

Visual art has been a mainstay for the group since their inception in Iceland. Each member wears a mask sculpted specifically for each face which fully transforms the musician. Perhaps most remarkable is that of Lefty, whose green, electro-luminscent mask detects frequency range and thrums in cadence with the music.

Daystar’s official bio describes their sonic aim as, “pursuing a rather unique style of music – melodic, aggressive, beautiful and mysterious.”

“Thrasher” by Daystar is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of electronica and industrial music. Very early.

Be sure also to watch for the releases of “Daylight” and the “Rise” album, as well as their official music videos which will be made available on their website and YouTube channel.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Dutch blues and pop singer DishKing releases new single ‘L’amour C’est Toi’

The singer and songwriter from Holland known as DishKing has released his latest single, “L’amour C’est Toi.” The track is a shadowy, blues-fueled song with elements of 1960s French pop which showcases yet another facet of this multifarious musician, a side which his legion of longtime fans in Europe and abroad will be enthusiastic to meet. Dark, masculine and as tonally stylish as it is lyrically evocative, “L’amour C’est Toi” by DishKing is the latest reason for audiophiles around the world to introduce themselves to this masterful sculptor of blues, pop and rock music.

DishKing’s former LP albums, “Sell Yourself in Gold” and “The Power of a Loaded Gun,” were released under the AG Music umbrella and continue to garner him fans around the world. His new “L’amour C’est Toi” single joins his more-recent “101” full-length album – the popularity of which seems to grow with every passing month – as an independent release on his own DishKing Records music label.

Asked to describe the theme of his latest single, “L’amour C’est Toi” (“Love Is You”) DishKing writes, “Everyone has been or is in love. The song’s intention was to describe the feeling of newfound love, a satisfied moment like cruising by car with your loved one on a hot summer’s day celebrating the mutual feelings. Taking the bitter and good times for what it is or was, enjoying the moment of happiness and expressing it.”

DishKing’s repertoire is widely varied, so much so that the artist once commented, “What kind of music? You tell me. Even more so, if you like it, tell the whole world.” Nevertheless, he has cited as main artistic influences David Bowie, Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Quentin Tarantino, Goldfrapp, Elvis Presley, Mark Lanegan, and the Queens of the Stone Age. Whether or not his fans will be surprised at the nuances à la Serge Gainsbourg in his new single is anyone’s guess – but it’s absolutely certain that they’re going to love it. “L’amour C’est Toi,” indeed.

“L’amour C’est Toi” by DishKing is available online worldwide. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Have you ever considered turning your local watering-hole or favorite restaurant into a venue? Although this approach may not seem ideal at first glance, you’d be surprised at how many places are open to the idea of live music if the terms are right. Many establishments are looking for ways to separate themselves from their competition. By offering entertainment, this could be a win-win for the musician(s) and business.

Know Your Audience and Surroundings

Audience: A coffee house is a completely different atmosphere than a bar. It is important to be aware of surroundings and the customers you will be playing to. Imagine being at your local coffee house and an 80’s tribute band is shredding in your ear. Even if you do “Rock-n-Roll All Night and Party Every Day”, you would not go to a coffee house for this experience. Make sure your music is appropriate for the situation.

Surroundings: Certain regions cater to different styles of music. If you are a Hardcore Death Metal band and you happen to be in Downtown Nashville, this may not be the best fit. Once again, think about the business owner. If they have entertainment, it must cater to their customers. If your group creates an unexpected or unwarranted experience, you may not get the gig or be invited back.


1.) It is not uncommon for bands/groups to play the same venue multiple times due to the familiarity factor. Although there are circumstances where this can be a positive, you need to get in front of new people to grow your fan-base. By playing the non-quintessential venue is a perfect opportunity to accomplish this.

2.) Building your own show is a great way to earn money. If your group/band manages to entertain the crowd, you now can ask the venue for a portion of the bar, flat-rate pay or a percentage of the cover. The key to getting paid is to improve the patron’s experience and draw traffic to the “venue.”


1.) Whenever you book through a promoter or manager, they are responsible for making sure everything goes well. While in this situation, you’re the one making the commitment to ensure everything runs smoothly. Sometimes the additional stress and work isn’t worth the pay-off. Be sure that the venue is worth doing the work for.

2.) There are instances where the venue and the band/group may not come to agreeable terms. Remember, if you’re unable to find a mutually beneficial agreement you should move on. Everyone knows the phrase, “Time is valuable.” Make sure your properly investing your time with the right people at the right place.


Put yourself in the business owner’s shoes and ask:

-How does this benefit them financially?
-Will this enhance their customer’s experience?

To remain competitive and versatile, investing in a P.A (Public Address) System is a worthy cause. If you are a success, the expense will recoup itself within the first few outings.

Remember: If you’re going to perform somewhere specifically not designed for music, your performance must cater to their customer and benefit the “venue.” If you can offer the right sales-pitch, you are more likely to land a booking.

Blog by James Gubersky, Conductor of Artist Support for MondoTunes.com and ferocious frontman with over a decade of concert playing experience.



Here at MondoTunes, we are always looking for ways to help the musician community! One issue that we hear about on a regular basis is the difficulties in booking shows. In order to combat the stress, we have decided to create a series of blog entries regarding the different ways to book a show. This week’s entry is about Pre-Sale.

Before airwaves and the digital age, the stage was the first home to artists. Whether reciting Shakespeare to a playhouse or painting on a street corner, artists have always had the stage to present their artistic expression. In fact, many would argue that performing live is the most pure and honest medium of artistic expression. Every time an artist takes the stage, there is a degree of unpredictability that strikes fear and joy into the souls of the audience as well as the performers themselves. Doesn’t that sound beautiful? Well, if it is so beautiful, then why is it such a pain in the arse to book a show in today’s music scenes?

A very popular way to book shows these days, is to have the group/artist sell a designated amount of tickets prior to the show. Venues and booking agents are very fond of the pre-sale format because it guarantees an agreed amount of money made before the show has even begun. Although musicians typically frown upon this approach, there are positives and negatives to the method.

1.) Many venues/booking agents will require a reasonable amount of tickets to be sold. Most groups/artists prefer to play in front of a large audience. If the pre-sale amount can comfortably be achieved, this may be a win-win for all parties involved. The crowd will be full and the venue/booking agent will have guaranteed compensation for putting the show together.

2.) There are instances where the venue/booking agent will split the money of ticket sales with performers. It is important to note that the venue/booking agent will keep a majority of the ticket profits. Then again, selling tickets packs the house and increases exposure. Why not earn a few dollars in the process if the pre-sale amount is manageable?

1.) These types of arrangements usually do not favor the artist/group. Musicians must understand that venues/booking agents are ultimately a business. Although they may be music lovers, they need to make a living and money can sometimes complicate booking.

2.) There are instances where the venue/booking agent may present unrealistic terms. I personally have played shows in the past where the venue has required a pre-sale figure that could never be reached. Furthermore, if the obligations were not met, a requirement to pay the difference out-of-pocket would be imposed.

1.) It is imperative to always come to mutually beneficial terms with whoever is booking / hosting the event.

2.) Make sure the requirements of performing at the show are manageable. Do not commit to anything that isn’t realistic.

3.) Always document, in writing, the terms of the agreement and have both parties sign it. This will guarantee the awareness of expectations on either end. Many people develop concerns when the word “contract” is thrown around, however it is essential to ensure everyone involved is protected.

4.) It is always ok to negotiate the terms of a show. If there is agreement with only a majority of what the venue/booking agent is presenting, counter with requests for a lower pre-sale amount or a guaranteed amount of shared profits.

Stay tuned for the next installment…

Blog by James Gubersky, Conductor of Artist Support and ferocious frontman with over a decade of concert playing experience. 

JazzRak Vs Rafique announce second EDM record ‘Day Dreamer’

The EDM producers known around the world as JazzRak and Rafique have announced the release of their second new EDM album for the pre-summer season of 2015, “Day Dreamer.” The EP comes hot on the heels of their recent extended-play album, “Summer Splash,” which offers fans new and old six original tracks for 40 mins worth of dancing and listening. The new EP, “Day Dreamer,” comprises six more original tracks from JazzRack Vs Rafique for approximately 40 more minutes of top-notch electronic dance music. Upbeat, uplifting, filled with verve and energy, “Day Dreamer” will be the latest example of JazzRak Vs Rafique’s masterful digital dance music when it is released worldwide 25 April 2015.

JazzRak Vs Rafique have been cutting track after track over the last few months. Many of these have seen an early rise to popularity online, some of the best of which are included on “Day Dreamer.” These include such hot singles as the EP’s opening track, “Clear My Mind,” “Believe in God,” “Celebration,” the title track, “Day Dreamers,” the prophetic “It Goes Viral,” and power closer, “Save Me.”

JazzRak Vs Rafique’s cited artistic influences cover many of the scene’s most well-respected artists, including titans of the electronic dance music scene such as Avicii, Basto and Chymamusique. Their own sound takes elements of these and integrates them into their own characteristic overtones. Fans of artists like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Tiesto are certain to find all the drum and bass they need to direct a slamming dance floor on “Day Dreamer” by JazzRak Vs Rafique.

JazzRak wrote about the beginning of his collaboration with Rafique in a recent press release for their “Summer Splash” record. JazzRak writes of their recent albums, which have been taking the form of professional and friendly competition in their “Vs” series, “I used to only listen to music, then I met Rafique in 2010. We started to download videos on youtube to see how to produce music.”

EDM fans who haven’t heard JazzRak and Rafique should give them a go right away.

“Day Dreamer” by JazzRak and Rafique is available online worldwide beginning 25 April 2015. Be sure not to miss their recently released “Summer Splash” EP, also.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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JazzRak Vs Rafique release new EDM record ‘Summer Splash’

The DJs and producers of house music known as JazzRak Vs Rafique have released their latest EP album, “Summer Splash.” The EP is composed of six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. This comprehensive length means that though the album has been officially billed has an EP record for its relatively few number of tracks, fans of JazzRak Vs Rafique will get the same amount of music on “Summer Splash” as they do from a full-length album, making for a roundly comprehensive dance experience from these popular EDM artists.

“Summer Splash” comes with some of JazzRak Vs Rafique’s most energetic and uplifting house music tracks of 2015 so far, including “Let’s Dance,” “Trip to Paris,” “Alive,” two renditions of their “We Are One” single featuring the talents of Anthony Poteat, and the album’s title track, “Summer Splash,” which opens up the record.

The “Summer Splash” EP is the first of two albums expected to drop from JazzRak Vs Rafique this 2015 season, the second of which, titled “Day Dreamer,” will be published in coming days.

JazzRak Vs Rafique cite as main artistic influences such giants of the electronic dance music scene as Avicii, Basto and Chymamusique. Their own sound doesn’t fall far from these trees, and fans of such other artists as David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Tiesto are sure to be excited by “Summer Splash” by JazzRak Vs Rafique.

Speaking of the beginning of their collaboration, which takes the form of professional and friendly competition in their “Vs” series, JazzRak writes, “I used to only listen to music, then I met Rafique in 2010. We started to download videos on youtube to see how to produce music.” The rest, as listeners can attest, is history.

“Summer Splash” by JazzRak and Rafique is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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The Bathtub Alchemists release new album ‘Last Cigarette’

The alt-country crew known as the Bathtub Alchemists have released their latest full-length album, “Last Cigarette.” The LP contains 11 tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been distributed to more than 750 online music outlets around the world and has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry. An alternative country record with rock and folk qualities and unending amounts of legitimate soul, “Last Cigarette” by the Bathtub Alchemists presents a compelling narrative wrapped in well-written music and evocative performances.

The Bathtub Alchemists go by their given names, and cite as main artistic influences Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson and the Zac Brown Band (Jer) as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Guy Clark and Bob Dylan (Beth). Attributes of all the above may be heard on “Last Cigarette” from song to song, making the entire LP a widely varied yet thematically and atmospherically consistent record. Virtually every mood and tone is represented through the Bathtub Alchemists’ characteristic raw, genuine delivery and groove.

At least partly responsible for the frank earnesty in the Bathtub Alchemists’ music is their rare origin story.

“Music was and is the center of our family,” write Jer and Beth. “What started as an experiment in family dynamics to facilitate coping and healing has truly resulted in musical panacea.”

This healing property of music by the Bathtub Alchemists is communicable, and hearing their record from start to finish has a soothing quality that is unique to it. The band’s current official bio describes their musical philosophy by saying:

“Bathtub Alchemists is about the search for unification and the cleansing process that is always required to grow and change as human beings. In every interaction one is able to hear the bonds of family and friendship that pull us all through the ups and downs of life.”

Asked what the overall theme and message of their “Last Cigarette” LP might be, the Bathtub Alchemists write, “It is a story of addiction and loss. From the opening track of ‘You and Me’ to the closing with ‘Living on Borrowed Time,’ listeners can see the slow dramatic fall of one man’s life.”

“Last Cigarette” by the Bathtub Alchemists is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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