DD TV The Screamer – June 2017

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST COMBINATION TO LET THE VOCALISTS’ VOICE BE BETTER APPRECIATED: PIANO + VOCALS OR GUITARS + VOCALS?

Every good vocalist wouldn’t need any help or trick to sound louder, to let it out.

We noticed that when the voice sounds particularly beautiful the songs are slow songs: the groove is deliberately made slower to let the listeners hear the power.

Back in the early 90’s we enjoyed the “Unplugged” trend, that is lots of music was “smooth, melodic, soft”: songs tended to sound radio-friendly and acoustic. Those musicians with their vocalists were used to perform in intimate small venues without electricity; it was then when we heard the first time vocalists accompanied by strings, classic guitars and piano.

We had the chance to hear better the vocals and to understand what they were singing, because fewer instruments accompanying  “isolated” the voice and the words spoken. They were unique recordings and concerts, which sometimes today are still performed: we think there is not nostalgia in this, because it is “technically nice” to be able to hear singers louder.

We said above we could hear piano and guitars accompanying the vocalists: we think we perhaps enjoyed better the piano aside, we could hear more passion from the vocalist, whereas when there is a guitarists too, sometimes the guitars overload the voice (too much passion, that is).

There is no difference in the results between female and male voices: all vocalists are professional when doing these types of performances. There is no rule that says piano is for women/men, or guitar is for women/men: the choice of the accompanying instrument should be up to the sound engineer and to the artists.

THE VOICE

In Italy the show was closed, this spring wasn’t aired and it wasn’t confirmed for the next months of 2017.

We are amazed that in other countries the local editions go on and sometimes you might even find Italian peeps in, (in France, for example). All support everyone!

THE WINNER IS

It is brand new format of talent show for new vocalists: you have a jury, but aren’t coaches. The matches are for a couple of competitors who have to perform the same song and the jury picks up the best performance. The winning vocalist goes to the next phase if he accepts the sum of money offered time by time; the winner never knows what he has to sing and who is his next competitor: it differs from the other talent shows for the sum of money, which replaces the final prize (usually a record contract with a big recording company).

X FACTOR ITALY 2017 – 2018

Team of judges of the 2017 edition was announced. After rumours and much speculation, the names are: Manuel Agnelli, Levante, Mara Maionchi, Fedez. Levante (it means “East” in Italian) is a young Italian songwriter, who comes  from the indie world and never won any talent show; the other three coaches are people taken from previous editions.

X Factor Italy will kick off in mid-September 2017.

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 25th June 2017

Duran Duran – Last night in the city

Andy Taylor  –  The underdog

Dom Brown – Amazing

Arcadia – The promise

The Power Station – Get it on (Bang a gong)

Warren Cuccurullo – Suddenly spring

John Taylor  – Don’t talk much

The Devils – Come alive

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis – Middle management

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  – Do you belong

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Ace of Base – The sign

Modà – Forse non lo sai

Sergio Sylvestre – Turn it up

Baustelle – Betty

 

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DD TV Glam Pop Party – June 2017

 

We are saying goodbye to June 2017: the Summer month…

New season apart, we have to share the new end-of-the-month list!

We have decided to change the method to make the lists: the subject that we pick up “goes versus” the other topics we are used to discuss on our blogs. It must be said that not all the rest of the topics are suitable to the subject we have chosen.

This time the topic is “The Challenge”

The challenge vs. clothing/style

For artists the challenge is to always put on clothing that represent them, that can  reflect their personality and that possibly can be trendy

The challenge vs. the question

Never stop yourself from finding answers to your questions, while struggling on your challenges. The doubts have to possibly rise and die before starting.

The challenge vs. the live shows

Concerts and public events are now under the lens. Security and safety are the new challenges: why not waking up to fix them before, many are asking? Why so much rhetorical on this topic?

The challenge vs. legacy

Every challenge raised and won makes history, so the results obtained are the legacy we’ll all have to enjoy

The challenge vs. top albums

Every session spent to conceive any studio album and to record it offers hints for challenges: the main challenge is to do any possible effort to fix the problems rising

The challenge vs. charts

Becoming a no. 1 was never easy in the past and today it is not easy to make your no. 1 a lasting thing. Different decades, different concept of success, but same challenge.

The challenge vs. reality shows

It will be an utopia, given the huge financial interests under, but the challenge would be the one to be enough brave to stop the making and the airing of the Reality shows.

The challenge vs. video clips

When the music and video clips kicked off all seemed easy. It is funny the challenge for any artist is to try now being a You Tube star

The challenge vs. DJ music

We admire DJs for all things they try to keep the attention around them alive. A musician mostly has staff and crews, advisors around providing with support and advice; as opposite Deejays seems to be on their own. A smash hit of a DJ is worth 100 songs of a musician, today. Rock on with your challenge deejays!

The challenge vs. radio

Radio stations keep passing the new releases and promoting the new music, but most of the radio still keep a good share of classics and oldies, otherwise how can you feed the myth around the past icons? And that’s the challenge.

 

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DD TV Playlist – 18th June 2017

Duran Duran – Is there something I should now?

Andy Taylor  –  Be good to yourself

Dom Brown – Chocolate fever

The Power Station – Lonely tonight

Warren Cuccurullo – Goodbye

John Taylor  – 6,000 miles

The Devils – Big store

Neurotic Outsiders – Angelina

Autohypnosis – Meanwhile

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up”

Michael Des Barres  – 16 and savaged

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Patty Smith – People have the power

Alex Britti – Stringimi forte amore

Arcade Fire – Everything now

Foo Fighters – Run

 

 

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DD TV Eye on Fashion – June 2017

Eye on Fashion

Milan Fashion Week   June 17th – 25 June 2017

We are happy our music heroes are recruting teens within our fan base, which is made also of older people, to advertise their t-shirts and items of clothings off their ctaalogue of their own merchandise.

Valentino is owned by the Arabian Emirates; Krizia is owned by non – Italian hands: the famous “Made in Italy” logo was born here to be sold away.

Another fashion-related trademark is owned by non-Italian guys: Bulgari.

Top models in music? In the 80s few top models made amazing albums, although they were not properly professional singers: We pay homage to Sade, Brenda Russell; the late Whitney Houston started as a top model and ended up as a vocalist; later Naomi Campbell did an album. The most successful was the lovely Sade. Rock on girls with your style!

“Punk Masters” by American designer Patty Palazzo: Patty is an awesome woman-designer on demand. She can create some cool drum logos (played by some awesome drummers): she’s been doing designs for new tees; she designed artworks for records and books.  Patty is hosted in this space as “special guest” in the behind the scenes of the Milan Fashion Weeks.

NEWS

Mid May: Ricky Martin, as Versace’s boyfriend, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, for the Serious Crimes on Fox channel to remember the missed Italian designer Gianni Versace

26th May RIP Laura Biagiotti, the famous Italian designer had a heart attack and passed away. Awesome legacy. Design in peace.

10th June – Pitti Uomo, the famous Florence brand logo had event named “Meraviglia, Water and flames” to celebrate the June Fashion week. You could enjoy aero-acrobatic dance choreographies, video projections on water (the Arno river), fireworks effects, dancing springs. Congrats!

Early June: we have seen only Armani and Fendi making events on public areas, in this Week.

14th June: we are sad to hear the loss of Anita Pallenberg, an amazing woman, who was really involved in rock and fashion, in the Seventies. She was an icon and a muse for the legendary rock band The Rolling Stones. May your star shine in peace.

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 11th June 2017

Duran Duran – Buried in the sand

Andy Taylor  –  Life goes on

Dom Brown – Changing

The Power Station – She can rock it

Warren Cuccurullo – 4D suite

John Taylor  – So banal

The Devils – Barbarellas

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis – Hopeless American summer

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  –  too good to be bad

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Sioux and the Banshees – Into the light

Max Pezzali featuring Nile Rodgers – Le canzoni alla radio

Liam Gallagher – Wall of glass

L’Aura – I’m an alcoholic

 

 

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DD TV The Reader – June 2017

I’VE READ

“The Red Book” of Mao Tse Tung

Mao is the one who threw in the basis of modern China, which grew to become the major country we all know.
Mao was a cultivated, wise man, a true visionary.

This book, a.k.a. “The Red Book”, is actually the second most read book after the Holy Bible, due to the big number of Chinese poeple living on the planet.

Mao was an amazing leader, better than Gengis Khan, who actually was a warrior and persuaded people by killing them (!) and Confucious, who was a religous leader and just preached.

I can come to agree with many of Mao’s ideas, but I don’t like the punishment his regime inflicted to the ones who disagreed.

I AM READING “The Martian” by Andy Weir

It actually is the sci-fi novel (I can guess it was underrated, at the release moment) of the movie “The Martian” out in 2016, starring actor Matt Damon

It’s the story of an astronaut working for the “Ares 3” mission to Mars, who actually landed with some other guys on the Red Planet, but a Martian sand storm destroys part of their equipment and forces almost all the crew to escape back to Earth. The guys, during their escape to salvation, see their mate Mark Watney (Matt Damon, in the movie) apparently deadly wounded and wrongly realize they got nothing they could do to save and to rescue him, so they leave him on Mars.

Things are different: astronaut Mark Watney isn’t dead, he manages to recover from his wounds using the medical tools he finds on the vehicles and uses all his knowledge on mechanic engineering and botanic to find ways to survive, until the moment other astronauts from Earth come back on Mars and save him.

The parts of the book “from Mars” are written in first person, because he’s the surviving astronaut who reads his Martian daily diary. The portions “from Earth” are in third person” and are in the past tense.

It is so far an amazing read and I have to confess, I’m tempted to get the DVD of the corresponding movie.

By the way, this novel, which reads in the beginning naive and a little silly, is today a world best-seller!!

Next update in September 2017

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DD TV Playlist – 26th May 2017

The last blog post before our break.  We’re resuming on June 10th

Stay tuned and thanks for your continued support so far

 

Duran Duran – A view to a kill

Andy Taylor  –  Space Station n. 5

Dom Brown – Going down but not slow

Warren Cuccurullo – We’re all targets

The Power Station – We fight for love

John Taylor  – Lovers afternoon

The Devils – Aztec moon

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis – Information is boring

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres (Silverhead)  – This ain’t a parody

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Robert Palmer – Bad case of loving you

Clementino – Ragazzi fuori

Muse – Dig down

Haim – Right now

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 21st May 2017

Duran Duran – Drive by

Andy Taylor  – Lola

Dom Brown – Vanity

Warren Cuccurullo – Nocera inferiore

John Taylor – Immortal

The Devils – Barbarellas

Neurotic Outsiders – Always wrong

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres (Silverhead)  – This ain’t a parody

The Gravity Drive – Kaleidoscope

Chris Cornell – You know my name

Jack Savoretti – We are bound

Jenn Morell – Ponteme

 

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DD TV Danceophobia – May 2017

Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.

DO YOU LIKE DRUM MACHINES?

 

FORERUNNER

Many drummers now seem to appreciate the sound of drum machines. Bands like Kraftwerk and few other early 80’s music acts were pioneers of this instrument. During the years on the stage the fans preferred the “natural” drums, leaving the “machines” apart, in a corner, but recently, due to the growth of the internet and of the hi-fi tech, for other reasons we are not going to argue here, they seem to use more often the drum machines? How do we fans feel about it? Do we like it?

 

TOUR DE FORCE

Drum machine is a legacy, we guess. The pioneers of this instrument passed the idea to the younger generations. We can remember the embarrassment within certain fan communities when they found out it was the sound of a drum machine.

We can remember the drum machine was played also in few dance hits

Luckily the use of the drum machine slowed down, gradually, probably due also to the staggering bills to pay for the costs of maintenance and up-to-date of the machines.

There is also a human factor that contributed to the progressive choice to drop the drum machines: these fake drum kits replace the human arms and feet of a drummer: if the drummer decides to play the drum machine during his career it is less easily accepted by the audience, because the audience wants to hear their favourite drummer performing. A drum machine feels “insensitive” not involving, flat, surreal.

The only factor that can help the growth (“resurrection” in some cases” of the drum machines in the studio is that being a machine, this device never fails to reproduce any kind of groove, the drum machine so well tolerates the pressure (of the musicians, of the fans of the record labels…. ). Drum machines are often used in the disco clubs because they are designed to “hammer” a certain drum beat: never a mistake, never a faux pas: hi-fi is just on humans’ side.

 

SLOW DANCE

Natural drumming is a “feeling”. It deals with respect to hands and feet that create the groove and we are happy that drummers haven’t totally dropped using their “good old dear drum kits”.

You got to be a veeeeery good drummer if you want the fans to notice it’s a drum machine playing.

 

DJ SET:

This is another “ironic” DJ set, that is we picked up few songs whose titles can ironically match with these key words are:  beat – machine – dance

Enjoy!

 

Duran Duran – Blame the machine

The Power Station – Go to zero

Youth kills – The time is now

Michael Jackson – Beat it

Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody

Charlie Sexton – The beat’s so lonely

Kraftwerk – Man machine

Pet shop boys – Heartbeat

Chic – Everybody dance (Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa)

T Rex – Cosmic dancer

Propaganda – P Machinery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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