Maya Vik Premieres “Totally Right” On Okay Player

Click Here To Listen To “Totally Right” On Okay Player

Valentine’s Day is this week and it also happens to be Maya Vik’s birthday. To celebrate, she has a present for you from her upcoming yet untitled album. Produced by Pat Lukens, “Totally Right” is a feel good love song that digs deep into the candy jar of late 80s Jam & Lewis era R&B and emerges with enough sunshine to power a small city. So bust out of your winter funk, check your temperature for spring fever, and enjoy this new song because Maya Vik is here and everything is going to be totally right.

‘Music to make babies to’ is just one way to describe the sound of Norwegian bass player and solo artist Maya Vik.  Although the press have drawn comparisons to Prince, Janet, Sheila E, and Vanity 6, Maya lays down a fresh brand of sexy electronic funk pop with her steamy vocals and thumping bass lines.  Years of hard work has paid off for Maya which includes winning a Norwegian “Grammy” with her previous band Montée, playing in Savoy with a-Ha’s Paul Waaktaar, opening for Lenny Kravitz, and touring the US, Japan, Russia, Holland, and Germany with her own trio.  After independently releasing more than two albums worth of critically acclaimed material in two short years, Maya Vik currently is sitting on a trove of new jams set for release throughout 2014.

Photo Credit: Paal Laukli

Click Here To Watch “Bummer Gun” 

Click Here To Watch “Oslo Knows”

Click Here To Watch “On It (Kapow!)”

Click Here To Watch “Get Low”

Click Here To Listen  To ‘Lay Low’ EP On Idolator

Click Here To Listen To “Teen Spirit” (Feat. Dawn Richard) On Vibe

Click Here To Listen To “Lay Low” + “Hush” (Feat. Little Pain) On Noisey

Click Here To Listen To “Dynamite” On Filter! 

Click Here To Listen To “Body Language”

Press Quotes:

“Summoning the 1980s Minneapolis funk of Prince and Janet Jackson.” – The New York Times      

“The big-haired bass player from across the lake has a funky, electro-pop sound” – Vibe

“Catchy, funk-sizzled electro-pop, great hair, and [a] penchant for working a bass like a Robert Palmer girl.”  – Noisey

“Ensconced in the textures of Minneapolis’ kings of sophisticated funk.” – Okayplayer

“A sound that could land her a gig with the Purple One himself” – Buzz Bands LA

“The love child of Prince and Debby Harry” – Virgin Red Room

“This glamorous, leggy Norwegian singer and bass player is somehow unknown in the U.S., which is odd because her best songs, including “Bummer Gun” and “On It (Kapow!),” have a funky electronic eccentricity that recalls the 1980s smashes Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis concocted for the S.O.S. Band, Alexander O’Neal and Janet Jackson. – Playboy 2013 Music Guide

“If you ever wondered what Prince’s girl group Vinity 6 or muse Apollonia, would sound like today, there’s an enigmatic Norwegian songstress by the name of Maya Vik that might satisfy your curiousity” – MYKRO Mag

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CHANT Music Video Blocked From YouTube

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Band addresses YouTube’s selective censorship

 

YouTube has censored tribal-industrial drum project CHANT, removing the band’s extended music video for their track “Need” late last week.

The video-hosting super-website did not cite specific reasons for the ban, simply noting it had been “flagged as inappropriate”, and later removed after determining that “the video content was in violation of their Community Guidelines”.

CHANT joins Angelspit, Hirsute Pursuit, and other bands in the electronic-industrial genre that have been
censored by YouTube for their content. Bands such as Die Antwoord, Flaming Lips, Micronauts, and Lenny Kravitz continue to host sexually graphic videos and remain unbanned to this day.

“To quote Bill Hicks, ‘I almost forgot this was the USA… the United States of Advertising!'” says Bradley Bills of CHANT. “On one hand, I knew what I created was pushing limits – that it would invoke an emotional response and possibly make some people uncomfortable, but regardless of the subject matter: there’s no mistaking that the ‘Need’ video is an Art film and Art by nature needs no censorship. The video was set to the proper YouTube guidelines, viewable by mature audiences only, and if I were an established artist making coveted ad revenue for YouTube – this would not have been an issue.”
CHANT fans had the opportunity to own/view a copy of the ‘Need’ music video by purchasing a limited edition copy from the Band’s site, stored on a USB Thumb drive, along with physical props used in the actual video shoot – all of which have now sold out.

“I’ll take the ban as a compliment and find satisfaction knowing that copies of the ‘Need’ film are also in the hands of my Fans, and as with all Art it will find its way into the public forum again, no matter how many corporations try to censor and decide what we all should or should not have access to see,” says Bills.
Later this week, CHANT will re-host the extended, uncensored cut of “Need” to VIMEO.

ABOUT CHANT

CHANT, an Austin, TX based industrial rock project created by Bradley Bills, has toured the US nationally, and released 2 independent albums paving the way to work with many acclaimed artists within the underground music genre (Pigface/Evil Mothers/Die Krupps). For more information, music downloads, and social media links, go to www.chantproject.com/info. For live show preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=032mr19pqso

 

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