JOURNEY Founder NEAL SCHON Launches New Augmented Reality App, “StraxAR™”

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Neal Schon, Founder and legendary lead guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band JOURNEY, has announced, with Strax Technologies Inc., the launch of a new augmented reality application, “StraxAR™”, that will combine entertainment, exclusive “sneak peek” distribution of new music and events, and present rewarding retail opportunities. Augmented Reality brings the digital world together with the physical world by “augmenting” digital content or a digital experience onto a physical object or image. In the case of “StraxAR™”, millions of Schon’s album covers, posters, and other imagery are being combined to form a network that will be able to showcase his legendary music, performances, and new material for fans around the world. “StraxAR™” also will enable Schon to change content at will, effectively “broadcasting” it across millions of target images continuously. For launch, Schon will be adding to the image library every “STOP” sign in America – the signs being one of the image targets.

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“Last week we launched our commerce site, NealSchonMusic.com, and promised more to come – today we are fulfilling our promise by delivering an exciting app that gives the fans a whole new way to get closer to what we are doing,” said Schon, “the platform will allow us to very quickly release material worldwide and share it in this unique way, combining it with all kinds of rewarding experiences for our fans.”

“Neal has incredible insight into how people think and feel and a creative mind that never stops” said Eric Singleton, CTO of Strax Technologies, “during the development process it was invaluable to have his feedback as we brought the whole concept together to deliver an experience fans will want to have again and again.”

“The opportunity to film Neal Schon and Journey Through Time in the studio has been incredible, requiring a new production approach for AR, capturing the authenticity of the moment”, said Lee West, creative officer for Strax.

To use the application, one simply launches it on their device (iPhone or Android) and points it at the “target” image. In seconds the experience begins. There is an “Image Targets” button in the app that references which images are active (at the moment every major album cover that Neal Schon has played on, and any STOP sign in the country too).

“This approach to augmented reality delivers a powerful expression of music and entertainment in the real world the user is immersed in,” said Alan Mariotti, technologist and cybersecurity advisor for Strax Technologies, “its simplicity and ability to deliver multiple experiences quickly jumps over earlier boundaries.”

To see the “Neal Schon Collection,” visit *www.nealschoncollection.com*

For more information on Strax Technologies Inc. please visit: www.straxart.com

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest Votex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon’s blessing to release “Purple Rain”, which echoed a similar sound to Journey’s “Faithfully”.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, “Open Arms”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “When You Love a Woman”, among others.

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TRASH DEITY Team with ReGen Magazine to Launch Fan Album Art Contest for ‘Frantic Child/Cross & Divide Remix’ EP

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Industrial Rock project TRASH DEITY, the duo of Groovie Mann (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) and John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ), has launched their Fan Album Art Contest for Frantic Child/Cross & Divide Remix EP in advance of the EP. Exclusively announced on ReGen Magazine, the contest includes signed CDs of Cross & Divide as well as one of a kind, handwritten lyric sheet by Groovie Mann.

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Fan Album Art Contest for Frantic Child/Cross & Divide Remix EP featuring remixes by Martin King (Test Dept), Jim Marcus (GoFight / Die Warzau) Colin Allrich (Slighter), and more.

Grand Prize:
Art used for EP Release on Metropolis Records with full artist credits
Personalized Handwritten Groovie Mann Lyric Sheet
Signed Trash Deity Cross & Divide CD

Runner Up:
Personalized Handwritten Groovie Mann Lyric Sheet
Signed Trash Deity Cross & Divide CD

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Track List:
1. Cross & Divide
2. Run 4 Your Lies!
3. Fame Games
4. Frantic Child
5. A Perfect One
6. Hardrive
7. Finger On A Trigger
8. Emotions Matter
9. Icons & Idols
10. Finger On A Trigger (JDN Remix)

Click HERE to Download Digital Copy of ‘Cross & Divide‘ Online
Click HERE To Order ‘Cross & Divide‘ CD via Metropolis Records

Advance Praise for Cross & Divide

“a true electro-rock masterpiece ..This is hands down the best electronic rock album that I’ve heard all year long!” – XS Rock

“While it may be hard to separate the Wax Trax! origins of Trash Deity’s members, you don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool aficionado to get your ass shaking to this album. Rather songs from this album should fit comfortably alongside contemporary dance floor numbers. That’s all to say rivetheads will love it, but even genre outsiders will find an appreciation for Cross and Divide.” – The Void Report

“Frank Nardiello (better known as Groovie Mann of Thrill Kill Kult) and John D. Norten (of Blue Eyed Christ) have teamed up to form Trash Deity. Their debut album, “Cross and Divide,” brings the Wax Trax! Sound to a new generation…a pounding dance beat, throbbing electronics, found sound samples, and heavily processed vocals…Over all, I like this, and if you’re a Wax Trax fan, you will too.” – Jersey Beat

Cross & Divide is as seductive as it is addictive; a great and fun listen from point A. to point B.” – The Noise Beneath The Snow

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Coming from Los Angeles with roots in the legendary Chicago Wax Trax! scene is the new duo Trash Deity. Combining the chaos and energy of the classic Wax Trax! sound updated with hard and modern production, Trash Deity is Groovie Mann aka Franke N. Nardiello (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and accomplished music producer and Industrial artist John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ). The debut Single, “Finger on a Trigger”, combined classic Groovie Mann vocals and cryptic lyrics with an infectious heavy electronic/guitar groove benefitting from Norten’s studio experience with major artists. The accompanying unique Music Video was comprised entirely of manipulated shots of paintings from the twisted imagination and eccentric mind of Groovie Mann. The second single and video, “Run 4 Your Lies!” was released in 2017 solidifying Trash Deity and catching the attention of Metropolis Records

2018 marks the anticipated release of the debut album, Cross & Divide, on Metropolis Records.

“Cross & Divide Album is an album for now and is a representation of the confrontational and divisive times we live in. It’s a journey into the manic world of Trash Deity from the opening invitation of “Let’s run away” to the powerful closing Album statement “Change”. Each song has its own identity, but the album was designed to be a trip on a journey. It sounds totally cohesive and totally chaotic at the same time…just like us!” – JDN

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What was the earliest influence in your life that led you to a music career?

the vibrations from my mother’s record player that she kept under my crib. She was 19. – Groovie Mann

Nardiello’s informally structured and yet deeply storied career began with his first band, Special Affect, including Marti Sorenson & Harry Rushakoff (Concrete Blonde) with Al Jourgensen (Ministry) on guitar. Shortly after, he moved to London working with Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins with post-punk band Drowning Craze, recording a John Peel session in 1982. While touring with Ministry in 1986, he met and began working with Buzz McCoy (Marston Daley) to write a film titled Hammerhead Housewife and the Thrill Kill Kult, which was never filmed but ultimately evolved into TKK and an EP released with Wax Trax! Records. Over the next nearly 30 years, Groovie Mann has established his iconic reputation with TKK and contributed songs to several movie soundtracks, even appearing in the 1994 cult classic film The Crow. He’s also established himself as an accomplished painter in the LA art community. His uniquely abstract style offers a further peak into the mind and art of Groovie Mann and are sold to fans around the world.

What would you consider to be the ‘crossroads’ that directly led to you actively pursuing a musical career?

My Insanity. – Groovie Mann

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I would say my first Blue Eyed Christ record deal with KK Records in Belgium right out of High School for Leaders + Followers. It legitimized what I was doing for the first time and made me realize people outside of my bedroom studio may be interested in what I was doing.
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John D. Norten also emerged from the 1990s Chicago Industrial scene as the leader of Blue Eyed Christ. The debut album, Leaders + Followers, was released internationally on Belgians classic EBM/Industrial label KK Records while still in his teens. Over the next few years, Blue Eyed Christ was featured on several prominent compilations and played the New Music Seminar in 1992 at the Limelight with Clock DVA and Chemlab. Blue Eyed Christ continued playing visceral live shows throughout the 90s and Norten continued recording at Chicago Trax Recording Studios working with established musicians and engineers from Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and more. In 1996, Norten relocated to Los Angeles and has established himself as an in demand mixer and engineer for many of the biggest artists in the world including The Black Eyed Peas, Prince, CeeLo Green, and Lady GaGa.

How are you inspired to start a song and how does that develop from writing to composition, recording, and completion? What was the process for this project?

Jump into it -improvise with & without notes, laugh & cry & argue with the producer. – Groovie Mann

I usually start with the drums and music, but really anything can be the creative spark. When I first met with Groovie Mann he came over and I played him a bunch of instrumental tracks I had and he choose the ones that inspired him the most lyrically. He would write to them while he paints at home and then come over with notebooks full of ideas and inspirational goodies. Once we wrote the lyrics and recorded his vocals, I’d go back in and add more music and elements and we’d arrange that into the songs. The whole process was very organic. – JDN

Cross & Divide ultimately reflects both their shared roots as well as their unique and individual approaches to songwriting and recording. Groovie Mann’s spontaneous and poetic lyrical reactions to Norten’s carefully constructed song productions makes for a compelling mix of something new with enough of a nod to the past sure to please the old school fans and the newly initiated.

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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Ingrid Chavez (Black Eskimo) – Deep & Heady (DJ Alex J Dream Mix) | Free Mp3 (RnB, Neo Soul)

Singer & songwriter Ingrid Chavez (Prince’s protege) teams up with DJ Alex J. (Doodlbug/Digable Planet’s Tour DJ) to release a RMX to promote her new EP “Black Eskimo – Deep” which is her first foray into Trip Hop & Neo-Soul.

Vibe.com describes her EP and the RMX as “…catchy, melodic with hypnotic grooves”.

DJ Alex J has flipped the rmx on the jazzy, neo soul tip giving the song a dreamy style which will sure to capture ears worldwide.

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ONE-EYED DOLL Releases Music Video

Power rock duo ONE-EYED DOLL has teamed up with Artix Entertainment’s popular, multi-player online video game AdventureQuest Worldsto premiere the new music video for their song “Committed.” Artix Entertainmentwill make the video available to over 150 million registered users by hosting it in-game, in a virtual insane asylum. The eerie video was directed by Patrick Kendall [Megadeth, Incubus, Theory of a Deadman] and is for the lead song and title-track off of ONE-EYED DOLL’s forthcoming album, COMMITTED.

For ONE-EYED DOLL fans that are not AdventureQuest Worlds players, the music video for “Committed” is being hosted by premier rock outlet Revolver Magazine on their website. Kimberly was recently featured in Revolver Magazine’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” Issue, and her complete interview can be read here:http://www.revolvermag.com/news/the-complete-interview-hot-chick-in-hard-rock-kimberly-freeman-of-one-eyed-doll.html

Due out in early 2013, COMMITTED will be the band’s fifth independently released album. Produced by multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning producer Sylvia Massy [Tool, Johnny Cash, Prince, The Red Hot Chili Peppers], COMMITTED offers 11 hard rocking tracks with addictive melodies, soulful, thought-provoking lyrics and perfect harmonies.

In addition to the video premiere, AdventureQuest Worlds will be putting out an album of ONE-EYED DOLL songs on October 31st. Titled SOMETHING ABOUT A DRAGON, the disc will feature songs that have been used in the game, and will be the first time some of the more popular tracks including “You’re A Vampire” and “Battle On,” will be available on CD. The first batch of these CD’s will be available exclusively at HeroMart (www.heromart.com) and at live shows. The download will also be available on ONE-EYED DOLL’s music site,www.music.oneeyeddoll.com.

A true DIY success story, ONE-EYED DOLL has been sweeping the nation since early 2011 with their addictive live show that is being called one of the most captivating and interesting performances of recent times. Adored by fans and press alike, within the past two years, the band has landed direct support slots with Orgy, Mushroomhead, Cold and Peelander Z, and has also toured with Wayne Static/Static X and Otep.