“Always play the music that inspires you, never give up on different pieces, and enjoy your instrument.”
Lead guitar player of the band Virgin Witch, Kendal Beck, is a self-taught musician who has refined his skills through perseverance, dedication, and a passion for music.
At a young age, a relative gave Kendal an acoustic guitar to play his favourite AC/DC songs. This sparked his desire to play professionally but he was unable to pursue his dream until the age of sixteen - his parents did not share an appreciation for Rock and Metal music.
As a young adult, Kendal got ahold of his first real guitar - a black Marlin Super-Strat. With this instrument, he was finally able to practice his skills for hours each day.
“I taught myself the proper chords and techniques then started to cover songs on my Instagram account to gain some traffic for my band.”
The band initially formed as a group of college friends joking around. As time went on, they became more serious and Kendal asked his brother-in-law, Adam Beck, to join as the new drummer. Adam shared a passion for Rock and Metal, and soon after their discussion, the two met with the bassist, Keiran Newsam, for their first jam session.
“Over time we were able to convert the garage into a proper recording studio where Virgin Witch has written all of its material and where I record all my guitar covers.”
Kendal’s enthusiasm for guitars and devotion for music enabled him to practice for long hours on end. This drive transformed Kendal’s skills from one string riffs on a quarter-sized classical acoustic to sweep picking on a seven-string within a couple of years.
“I try to learn a new song every day that involves a different technique; this could be anything from sweep picking like Jason Becker to Tremolo picking like Angelmaker.”
Kendal maintains his skills through resilience and furthers his abilities by writing difficult techniques into his music, playing them until they are mastered. He always uses the first or second take of a song to learn from and make improvements to his performances.
“Getting to know my guitar and understanding the chords and scales has enabled me to learn songs and cover pieces in a short amount of time.”
Starting without support, but a spectacular devotion to Rock and Metal music, Kendal has become an astounding guitarist - continuing to enhance his skills each day.
Based in Toronto, Alan Cross is well - renowned for hosting the radio series: The Ongoing History of New Music, The Secret History of Rock, and ExploreMusic. Starting his radio career in 1980, at the University of Winnipeg’s campus radio station, Alan has watched music develop over the decades and uses his experience to speak on where music has been, and where it may end up after the events of 2020.
Alan noticed that after 9/11, there was confusion in popular music. Before the tragic event, the mood of the country was in a decent state with Bill Clinton’s presidency, a good economy, and the Soviet Union falling apart. When 9/11 hit, along with the invasion of Iraq and similar events of the time, there was a global shift in music. The music culture did bounce back, but soon after, a financial crisis came along. This changed the Canadian national mood - particularly affecting millennial musicians.
“There was a long period of time where Rock was not happening. It was medium tempo, very introspective, a lot of ‘woe is me’ lyrics that went on for four, five, six years… Guitar sales fell by a third, Rock records weren’t selling...”
With a new worldwide event - the global pandemic of COVID 19 - a shift in music culture is again anticipated. Exactly what form that will take, we will not know until it is here.
“ … artists create art, and if they’ve got nothing else to do - they’re probably completely depressed and bummed out by the whole thing. They’re going to spend their free time, their time in isolation, creating art.”
Alan speculates the art produced could be introspective, quieter singer/songwriter focused, as the whole band could not get together to rehearse. Or, the new music could be filled with anger. Unemployment rates are the largest factor in predicting angry music lyrics; naturally, these rates are high with the current situation.
“... we should be getting some kind of really angry, interesting stuff. Especially if you add in the US presidential election, the Black Lives Matter situation, the pandemic, Brexit... there’s a lot of stuff that’s really going bad.”
Following along with this theory, Alan was recently in a Zoom session with Sony Music, where they had a couple of Rock acts - aggressive with the sound of large guitars. Sony is not known as a Rock label, instead, they are better known for Pop and Country; suggesting the pendulum is swinging, and a change in music is coming.
“This may be the kind of shock doctrine that puts us back to where we were 15 years ago - when we had Nine Inch Nails, U2, Soundgarden... and a lot of other big bands having very good years.”
Infection rates of COVID 19 have begun to decline in certain areas of the world, such as South Korea, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, part of Australia, and Canada. Unfortunately, the United States is heading towards 250 thousand people dead by election day.
“...the number one music market country in the world is the United States, followed by Japan, the UK, Germany, and then it’s Canada and Australia depending on any given year. So you take [the US] out of the market and it is like… Wow.”
Yet, many Americans continue to go to bars and events such as “The Herd Immunity Festival”, potentially increasing the number of infected. Alan notes that this may cause the music industry to shift away from the United States.
“[The US may] completely abdicate their position and we start to get deeper into K-Pop. Or Canada turns inward and starts really working on its domestic music industry, and/or exchanges with [other] countries...”
Looking at historical patterns, the last time society was hit with a similar pandemic was the Spanish flu from 1918 to 1920 - where an estimated 17 to 50 million people died.
“Oddly, very little music related to that pandemic ever appeared - very little. Because people were ‘Oh my God it’s over, we just went through a war, then we went through a pandemic, let’s just forget and move on.’”
This approach was a large part of the natural exuberance of the 1920s, and eventually, lead to the great depression. History may repeat, and our society may decide to move on from this pandemic, and not look back.
“The problem is the economic devastation that it’s leaving behind. This is the third time in our millennium... 9/11, 2008, this.”
As this pandemic trails off, not only will there be artists struggling to bounce back from financial strain, but many musicians may be concerned about putting their health at risk. The music industry has quite a few musicians in the heritage group of their 60s, 70s, and 80s - with a vulnerable immune system, they may avoid tours and interviews.
With all this uncertainty, one thing is known - this crisis is producing brand new superstars.
“Somewhere right now, the next superstar is writing a great song. Somebody we’ve never heard of, somebody that’s in their basement, in their bedroom, and they’re taking this opportunity to own their chops.”
With time to work at home without being rushed, Alan anticipates the new Billie Eilish, or similar stars, will emerge once the fog over the music industry clears.
“As soon as we are able to go back to the old ways, people will run to it - as long as they feel safe. Whether it’s a prophylactic treatment, whether it’s a vaccine… we will go back to it because that’s the only way we know how to do things.”
That being said, the timeline for reopening venues and kick-starting the music industry is ever extending. Alan is certain that music will not properly resume in 2020; all tours are being rescheduled until the spring of 2021. Even then, until venues can eliminate liability concerns, tours will be limited and it may be 2022 before normality returns.
Musicians often branch out to creating music for licensed television shows and commercials, however, the demand in this industry is also declining with the pandemic. In the meantime, many people band together to help those struggling. Organizations, such as the Canadian Independent Music Association, are actively lobbying the government on the state of the arts within Canada. The whole music industry infrastructure is affected when live music is stopped: venues, bartenders, security, roadies, technicians, sound rental companies, music stores, and more.
Some recording studios are closing down as their work has dried up - music, soundtracks, commercials, and post-production. Once musicians are ready to return, the recording studios will take anyone with money, as only the Abbey Road and LA studios are managing through this time. The studios hope to become fully booked, with the musicians having months worth of songs, ready to be professionally recorded. However, there could be another technological boom if musicians decided to record the songs at home, themselves, and skip the recording studios.
“...what we should be doing is keeping a diary, a day-by-day diary, of how we perceive things to be changing in the music industry. And at some point in 18 months or two years, some people write a book and say here’s how, in the giant subset of society, music changed, and here’s why.”
Once it is safe again, the music industry will keep moving forward with new acts. Alan points out that there were acts in the pipeline during the pandemic, but that well is getting dry.
“Sure you can see their Youtube video, or they can do a Zoom performance... but a lot of these acts need to be seen live, need to be seen in person... You can’t get a sense of chemistry without hanging out with them.”
As isolation is forced upon society, streaming is ever-popular. Record labels make 60% to 70% of their revenues off streaming - eliminating the costs of manufacturing, transporting, warehousing, and distribution associated with selling vinyl and CDs. On the other hand, artists make very little money from their music being streamed, especially compared to selling hard copies of their music. Alan explains, that normally in Canada the average musician would have 87 gigs booked between now and the end of the year. Instead, less than ten gigs are the average, and many do not even have one scheduled event.
“If I’m an artist, and I was struggling up until now because the only real income I was getting, the only revenue I was seeing, was from playing live - I’m screwed… The middle class is being wiped out. And it’s possible, and it’s really frightening, that the emerging artists, the young artists, the ones who are not superstars, who depend on gigs - this could wipe out their generation.”
Alan’s own work has not been significantly affected by the pandemic, as he has a robust set up at home. With more resources at home than at work, and equipment to connect him to any recording studio and radio station around the world, he does not need to leave his house.
“...I’ve actually been busier than normal for this time of year because people who do have work that needs to get done, know that I can do it.”
Despite staying busy, Alan greatly misses social and professional interactions, as well as traveling the world. He has had a great number of trips canceled this year, including destinations such as the UK, Singapore, Poland, the US, and Thailand.
“The problem with working alone at home is that you’re always the smartest person in the room, and that’s never a good thing.”
Alan finds his professional development has stagnated due to the lack of intellectual challenge usually created by being around people smarter, or with different skills than himself. He has become more tech-savvy, with the need to develop interconnectivity skills on apps such as Zoom and Source-Connect - but he still craves a deeper challenge.
Interestingly, some artists do not seem to be making themselves available during this time. Alan points out this may be due to a lack of technology needed to connect, or they simply do not have anything to talk about.
“It’s been challenging to write about new releases every week because all the big superstar releases have been put off until the third and fourth quarters because nobody wanted to put out a record in the middle of a lockdown, a pandemic...”
When a new record is released, it is backed with a large media campaign involving interviews, stories, and tours - these are all pushed back together.
“I’m kind of in a sense of stasis. I continue to work, I continue to get new projects… money continues to come in, but there’s something about this existence that’s very unsatisfying because you’re doing it all alone - it’s not a lot of fun.”
Unlike emerging artists who may be wiped out, after the pandemic, there is hope for new journalists.
“...because [young journalists] grew up in a technological world, [young journalists] will have much less trouble adapting to the new realities, the new technological realities, than somebody who still remembers what it’s like to sell pieces of plastic.”
In the meantime, journalists such as Alan make do with Zoom and phone interviews.
“... [Artist interviews] have to be handled delicately, or have to be handled in a specific sort of way. Wh en you’re not in the room with them, they can’t size you. It’s very important for the artist to be able to size you up to gain their trust.”
The lack of a personal connection during social distanced interviews has caused Alan to turn down many requests during this time.
“I hate doing interviews over the phone because I deal in audio, and that’s bad audio. Zoom calls, well we can see what they’re like, make the best of it, but it’s not how I like to do my interviews. I need somebody in person so I can look them in the eye.”
Phone interviews are usually short - limited to ten minutes. By the end of these interviews, you have only really had enough time to loosen up.
“What happens with a lot of artists when they do pre-release interviews, is they’ll sit in a room with a publicist and they’ll take phone call, after phone call, so they’ll go through nine or ten calls. Maybe the same questions over, and over again, and it just becomes: How much longer do I have to do this? When are we done? How many more calls do I have to take? That’s not what you want, you want somebody leaning back on a couch. You talk, and you don’t want to be on a clock.”
In the end, we do not know where the future will bring us until we have arrived. We can anticipate a shift in music culture from popular genres, to origins, to technology. These times may be unpredictable, unfortunate, and difficult, but one thing we can cling on to:
“This too will pass.”
Alan Cross, Canadian broadcaster, consultant, author, and music writer.
They say April showers bring May flowers, but in this case, April 2001 brought a storm of new music. In May 2020, The MusicCulture received words of hope from DJ Juste Mathieu during a time when we needed encouragement. It also left readers wanting to know more about the genius behind this unique style. From his diverse sounds, collaborations, and new methods of engineering, we thought it best to hear it from the man himself.
Pluie d'avril apporte des fleurs en mai, mais dans ce cas, avril 2001 a apporté une tempête de nouvelles musiques. En mai 2020, TheMusicCulture a reçu les mots d'espoir de DJ Juste Mathieu pendant une époque où nous avions besoin d'encouragements. Cela a également laissé les lecteurs désireux d'en savoir plus sur le génie derrière ce style unique. Par suite de ses sons divers, ses collaborations et ses nouvelles méthodes d'ingénierie, nous avons pensé qu'il valait mieux l'entendre de l'homme lui-même.
My name is Mathieu, I was born on April 21, 2001, in the charming town of Béziers, in the department of L'Hérault, France. I am the son of Pierre and Michèle, unfortunately, my mother passed away. I also have an older sister named Anaïs.
Growing up I used to listen to a lot of different styles and genres of music, from pop to electro, rock, and country. I am someone who doesn't like to conform, follow codes and trends. I like to explore, discover; music was, for me, a deliverance when things were not going well or when I needed peace.
I had a normal schooling, from kindergarten to high school. I started my studies at Fénelon School in Béziers and finished my schooling at Sacré-Cœur High School - still in the same town. I was not your ordinary kid growing up; I had my own personality. I grew up discovering for myself the things and values of life.
Je m’appelle Mathieu, je suis né le 21 avril 2001 dans la charmante ville de Béziers, dans le département de L’Hérault en France. Je suis le fils d’un père nommé Pierre et d’une mère prénommée Michèle, malheureusement décédée. Également, j’ai une grande sœur qui s’appelle Anaïs.
Durant mon enfance, il m’arrivait d’écouter beaucoup de musiques de tous styles et genres différents, allant de la pop à l’électro, passant par le rock ou encore par la country. Je suis un garçon qui n’aime pas suivre les codes et les tendances. J’aime explorer, découvrir ; la musique était, pour moi, une délivrance quand ça n’allait pas ou lorsque j’avais besoin de calme.
J’ai suivi une scolarité normale, allant de la maternelle jusqu’au lycée. J’ai étudié à l’école Fénelon à Béziers, ainsi qu’au collège puis, j’ai terminé ma scolarité au lycée Sacré-Cœur toujours dans cette même ville. N’étant pas un garçon banal, j’avais ma propre personnalité. J’ai grandi en découvrant moi-même les choses et les valeurs de la vie.
Throughout high school, I was not appreciated as I did not conform to social norms. I was, however, an energetic young boy who liked to discover and learn - I was and still am quite curious.
During my teenage years, around 14/15 years old, I found myself always listening to music. That's when I got to know electronic music. It was not ‘love at first’. To be frank, I did not like or appreciate this kind of music very much, yet listening to it made me smile, dance, laugh...
I started to become attracted to this style of music, and bit by bit, I was introduced to other genres - always resembling electronic music. What I was listening to made me happy, it gave me lots of ideas in my head and helped to boost my day. So I asked myself, why should I not try to build my own story from this electronic style.
At the time, I started working with the FL Studio 11 software on Windows with only a keyboard, mouse, and headset as my hardware. So the game
was not won but, as they say, by persevering, anything is possible. I also followed tutorials on YouTube to learn even more about this famous FL Studio software. I reproduced what I saw the people doing in the tutorials. As soon as I realized that I could do it on my own, I went on and tried to create the melodies I had in my head; adding my own personality to the sound. My very first music appeared on YouTube in 2015. Unfortunately, I cannot remember its title today as it has disappeared. As soon as I composed music, I posted it online, then, still in 2015, a music label offered me to join them and let the world hear my talent.
Au collège, je n’étais pas très apprécié, car je ne rentrais pas dans les normes sociales. J’étais, cependant, un jeune garçon plein d’énergie qui aimait découvrir et apprendre, j’étais et je suis toujours quelqu’un d’assez curieux.
Lors de ma période adolescente, vers mes 14/15 ans, j’écoutais toujours autant de musique. C’est là que j’ai connu la musique électronique. Tout d’abord, ce genre musical ne me plaisait pas beaucoup, pourtant, le fait de l’écouter me faisait sourire, danser, rire…
Je commençais à être comme attiré par ce style de musique et, au fur et à mesure, j’ai connu de nouveaux genres, ressemblant tous à la musique électronique. Ce que j’écoutais me rendait heureux, cela me donnait des tas d’idées en tête et m’aidait à me booster dans ma journée. Je me suis alors demandé pourquoi ne pas, moi-même, tenter de construire ma propre histoire à partir de ce style électronique.
A l’époque, j’ai commencé à travailler à l’aide du logiciel FL Studio 11 sur Windows avec, pour simple matériel, un clavier, une souris et mon casque. La partie n’était donc pas gagnée, mais comme on dit, c’est en persévérant que tout est possible. J’ai également suivi des tutoriels sur la plateforme YouTube pour en apprendre encore plus sur ce fameux logiciel FL Studio. J’ai reproduit ce que faisaient les gens que j’observais dans ces tutoriels. Dès que j’ai compris que je pouvais y arriver seul, j’ai continué et ait essayé de créer les mélodies que j’avais en tête en y mettant de ma personnalité. Ma toute première musique est apparue sur YouTube en 2015. Malheureusement, je ne peux me rappeler le son titre puisqu’aujourd’hui elle a disparue. Dès que je composais de la musique, je la postais sur YouTube, puis, toujours en 2015, une maison de distribution me propose de les rejoindre pour faire entendre mon talent au monde entier.
My first appearance on streaming platforms was due to this company. A few months later, they betrayed me by showing me and my creations the door. This experience gave me the drive to succeed and produce more. Afterward, I was spotted by a new distribution house, and from there, it was the beginning of DJ JUSTE MATHIEU.
Thanks to thousands of streams in more than 79 different countries, as well as new releases, success was around the corner. I started to make myself known all over the world and earn my first euros.
The break I had been waiting for came with Ievan Polkka which was listened to over 1.5 million times and more than 1000 sales. Unfortunately, this victory, which should have been the beginning of a long climb, was mainly the beginning of the problems with the distribution company. Like the previous distribution house, this one threw me out of business overnight, extorting my works, to say the least.
Ma première apparition sur les plateformes de streaming est arrivée grâce à cette maison. Quelques mois plus tard, ces derniers m’ont trahi en me mettant à la porte moi et mes créations. Ce vécu m’aura donné encore plus la volonté de réussir et de produire bien plus. Par la suite, je me suis fait repérer par une nouvelle maison de distribution et à partir de là, c’est le début de DJ JUSTE MATHIEU.
Grâce à des milliers d’écoutes dans plus de 79 pays différents ainsi qu’à chaque nouvelle sortie, le succès ne se faisait pas attendre. J’ai commencé à me faire connaître dans le monde entier et à gagner mes premiers euros.
Puis, ce fût le gros succès, mon titre Ievan Polkka qui a eu plus d’un million et demi d’écoutes et plus de 1000 ventes, mais malheureusement, cette victoire qui aurait dû être le début d’une longue montée était surtout le début des problèmes avec la maison de distribution. Comme la précédente maison de distribution, celle-ci me mit à la porte du jour au lendemain, m’extorquant mes œuvres et mes performances, pour le moins.
Then, I continued my adventure with Tunecore, a great team that has supported then and now. They allowed me, in 2019 after the previous events, to integrate with a famous American publishing house, BMI Broadcast Music company. Thanks to them, my creations are protected but also available for purchase under license for television, radio, and other: the adventure has only just begun. Not to mention - my migration to the SACEM publishing house in France is scheduled for 2021.
In the end, the downfall of one publishing house is that they made a failure of my success. They destroyed everything they had built with me and it's not easy to bounce back from this. Still, I hold on, I am not going to give up and I am going to continue writing and composing music as I always have, and not give up on the community I have built over the years.
Overall, DJ JUSTE MATHIEU is a young boy who loves electronic music and composes what he has in mind to free his thoughts and express his creativity, supported by thousands of fans and the statistics of listening, sales, etc.
I am still a very shy and reserved boy, that has not really changed. I still have this stress when releasing a new single, album, or track because I am afraid that my fans will not appreciate my project but I am lucky because they know me - we have the same taste. Overall, I make people happy with each release. However, I cannot please everyone because everyone has different tastes, no matter the field. The happiest time I am happy is when I read messages from people who tell me that they do not usually like electro but that my music is appreciated because it's out of the ordinary, it's different, it's innovative, it's soothing, or again inspiring to see videos of fans who dance, laugh, etc. to my music. It's always pure joy, that's why I compose, to be able to see smiles and joy on the faces of my fans.
Puis, j’ai continué mon aventure avec Tunecore, une équipe formidable qui m’a soutenu et qui me soutient encore. Cette équipe m’a permis, en 2019, suite à mes histoires précédentes, d’intégrer une maison d’édition en Amérique qui est la célèbre maison BMI Broadcast Music. Grâce à cette maison d’édition, mes créations sont protégées, mais également achetables sous licence pour la télévision, la radio ou autres : l’aventure ne fait que commencer. Ma migration vers la maison d’édition La SACEM en France est programmée pour 2021.
Pour finir, la chute d’une maison de distribution est qu’ils ont fait échouer mon succès. Ils ont détruit tout ce qu’il avait construit avec moi et ce n’est pas facile de rebondir après ceci, mais je m’accroche, je ne compte pas abandonner et je vais continuer à écrire et composer de la musique comme je l’ai toujours fait et ne pas laisser tomber la communauté que j’ai bâtie au fil de ces années.
Enfin, DJ JUSTE MATHIEU est un jeune garçon qui aime la musique électronique et qui compose ce qu’il a en tête pour libérer ses pensées et exprimer sa créativité restant derrière les milliers de fans et les statistiques d’écoutes, ventes, etc.
Je reste un garçon très timide et réservé, cela n’a pas réellement changé, j’ai toujours ce stress à la sortie d’un nouveau single, album etc. car j’ai peur que mes fans n’apprécient pas mon projet mais j’ai de la chance puisque ceux-ci me connaissent, nous avons les mêmes goûts alors, en général, je fais des heureux à chaque sortie. Je ne peux, cependant, pas plaire à tout le monde, car chacun a des goûts différents, peu importe le domaine. Le moment où je suis le plus heureux c’est en lisant les messages des personnes qui me disent qu’ils n’aiment, d’habitude, pas l’électro, mais que ma musique est appréciée, car elle sort de l’ordinaire, elle est différente, innovante, apaisante ou encore aspirante dans les vidéos des fans qui dansent, rient, etc. sur ma musique. C’est toujours un pur bonheur, c’est la raison pour laquelle je compose, pouvoir voir des sourires et de la joie sur les visages de mes fans.
If I succeed then my job is done! I recall a quote from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who said: "I am looking for the little notes that love each other". This is completely in line with me because I try to make people enjoy notes and a genre of music that is not necessarily the one that comes to mind initially.
Hoping one day to see you on stage, I continue, in my small town, to compose and write what comes to me hoping to continue to make people happy.
I surely forgot a couple of details, but the overall story is here. I would like to thank my Dad who believed in me and financed my first projects, without him I could not have started. Then, I would like to mention my Mom in this text who, unfortunately, did not have the chance to listen to my creations, or even to celebrate my successes, but I am sure that from up there she listens to them and she is proud - thank you, Mom, for making me the person I am.
In closing, I also thank TheMusicCulture for believing in me and giving me the chance to express myself today for the first time, telling my own story.
Si je réussis alors mon travail est fait ! Je reprends la citation de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart qui dit : « Je cherche les petites notes qui s’aiment ». Cette citation me correspond complètement, car j’essaye de faire aimer les notes et un genre musical qui n’est pas forcément celui qui nous vient en tête pour la première fois.
En espérant un jour vous voir sur scène, je continue, dans ma petite ville, de composer et d’écrire ce qui me vient en espérant continuer de faire des heureux.
J’ai sûrement dû oublier beaucoup de détails mais l’ensemble a été écrit. Je tiens à remercier mon Papa qui a cru en moi et qui a financé mes premiers projets, sans lui je n’aurais sans doute pas commencé. Ensuite, je souhaiterais citer ma Maman dans ce texte qui n’a, malheureusement, pas eu la chance de pouvoir écouter mes créations ou même de célébrer mes succès, mais je suis certain que de là-haut elle les écoute et qu’elle en est fière, merci Maman d’avoir fait de moi la personne que je suis.
Pour terminer, je remercie également TheMusicCulture qui croit en moi et qui me donne la chance de pouvoir m’exprimer aujourd’hui pour la première fois, racontant ma propre histoire.
Until recently, we were all accustomed to the hustle and bustle of everyday life - not expecting 2020 to put a pause in our plans and reshape daily routines. This experience is shared between people of different cultures, languages, and occupations; including musicians such as Tanto Metro and Devonte. They are a Jamaican Dancehall duo who have travelled and inspired fans throughout the world for the past 22 years; appreciating music culture throughout their journey.
Devonte: “Music means a lot to us, it is our life. We live it from day-to-day and I basically grew up around hearing music everyday… We watch it from this culture to that culture. We try to gather every little piece of culture… We appreciate every culture and every genre of music.”
Staying at home is certainly a change of pace for these two, but they continue working on tracks while finding ways to stay happy. Remaining home has allowed them more time to focus on being creative and evolve their sound - with their minds more free to stop and think.
Devonte: “We don’t have much time on the road like that before. So, you know, we’ll come together... The mind’s more, you know, refreshing, and take the time to think a lot more.”
Although the duo are able to focus on their art, like all of us there are elements of regular life they are eager to return to. Musically - they miss the stage and the ability to meet and greet fans.
Devonte: “When you’re to isolate yourself, it is not a good feeling of an art... You’re used to mingling with the crowd and, you know, showing your appreciation... It is a big step back, but we know that maybe it is the right thing to do right now.”
The obstacles of this year have set back plans for promotion, shows, and support; but it has given Tanto Metro and Devonte a new look on how to reach their fans. Once the pandemic lifts, they plan to return to the road, establishing their new songs and promoting their most recent album - Reggaenometrist.
Tanto Metro: “It doesn’t stop there, have to look forward to what’s next, and cannot know what is next if you don’t, you know, step out and go forward.”
Working together for the past two decades, and lasting through a pandemic, the two have a solid bond hard to match. Many musical groups fall apart over time, while Tanto Metro and Devonte anticipate another solid 22+ years ahead.
Devonte: “What made us different from the rest is that we are good friends... We think alike, because we grow together as friends… Everything is a natural flow.”
Tanto Metro: “It’s different from what people normally see in a band or a group, you know, or a duo... If we have to cry, we cry together. If we laugh, we laugh together.”
Beyond the joy of making music together and being on the road as friends, the two are amazed at the places they have visited with their art. They are honoured to be the first Dancehall artists to travel and perform in certain countries. Over the years, they have created many fond memories and accomplishments.
Tanto Metro: “When we start hearing the sound playing on the radio, you know, we feel pretty much good to know that, you know, accomplish.”
Their first hit together, Everyone Falls In Love Sometimes, won them several awards in the late 90’s and was loved throughout the world.
Devonte: “That track means a lot to us, but it came out of mere love of music, you know. We listen to music in every genre, we listen to instrumentals, just even classic ones - just instrumental. So those things speak to us musically. When getting the beat... it just kept ringing in my brain, you know that, “everyone falls in love sometimes, I don’t know about you but it ain’t a crime”... I presented to Tanto and asked what he thought about the shot and he said he liked it, you know. So we sat down and we wrote it together and, you know, present it to the world… We write songs almost everyday, but it means a lot to see the reception, the reviews that we get from the song.”
Tanto Metro: “It’s a forever song… It’s a die happy, forever song.”
Tanto Metro and Devonte have paved the way for Dancehall artists, and continue to do so with advice for all aspiring musicians:
Devonte: “Write what’s in your heart. So we tend to go along with what we feel, you know, we don’t really follow everything that's happening out there. With life to be trendy, so we still have to pick up from what we see that’s happening, but basically make it be you… Be yourself when you’re writing your songs, or if you do not want to be yourself look at what’s happening and let it inspire you.”
Above all else, the duo spread a message of love and appreciation to their fans.
Devonte: “Speak love in every way. We try to preach it in every way we can... Let people know a little more - It’s not wrong to love, you know, it doesn’t hurt to love.”
Tanto Metro: “Just remember anything you do, be safe.”
A new Tanto Metro and Devonte will be heard by fans as the two continue to evolve musically and dive deeper into their music. Their art will continue to be enjoyed as they surpass fan expectations with their new sounds.
Tanto Metro: “If you don’t know of Tanto and Devonte, go look us up, check us out, you know, see what we’re all about... Reggaenometrist - there are wonderful tracks on it, it’s been out since last year… and new singles we are promoting other than the album.”
Their music can be found as hard copies in stores and on all digital streaming platforms. To keep up with this Tanto Metro and Devonte, fans can simply follow their social media or check their website.
Despite physical barriers forced upon us by Covid-19, people from all corners of the globe rallied together on Saturday May 30th, 2020, in a black tie fashion, to improve our future. One gift of the modern age is the ability to connect online, collaborate, and inspire each other while maintaining physical distance. As the summer rolls in, Covid-19 seems to be rolling out, but it is important to keep a pulse on the potential for a second wave, and ensure our politicians are careful when restarting the economy. The Bervann foundation and The Andrea Bocelli Foundation jointly organized the second edition of Covid-19 Online Charity Gala - helping governments handle the situation with the care and resources needed.
The Bervann Foundation focuses on charity work throughout the US and Africa - improving health care, water and education. They recently launched the Corona Opportunity Fund to specifically support governments in the fight against Covid-19.
The Italian based non-profit, Andrea Bocelli Foundation, is on a mission to overcome barriers of poverty, illiteracy, distress from illness and social exclusion - Covid-19 is no exception. As it was evident during the online gala, they practise the belief that those gifted with privilege have a responsibility to help the less fortunate into a better future with more opportunities.
Together, The Bervann Foundation and The Andrea Bocelli Foundation hosted an online black tie gala with speakers from a variety of fields: Val Nzhie, COO of Bervann Capital, Head of Global Operations of the Corona Opportunity Fund, Board Member and Director of Development of The Bervann Foundation; Howard Flaco, Mental Strength Expert and Author; Nadia Abouayoub, Artificial Intelligence Expert; Marco Maximilian Elser, Former President of the Harvard Club of Italy, Partner of Lonsin Capital, and Board Member of several companies; Russ Ortiz, Former MLB Pitcher of the San Francisco Giants; Stefano Aversa, Chairman of The Andrea Bocelli Foundation, EMEA Chair and Global Vice-Chair of AlixPartners; Veronica Berti Bocelli, Vice-Chairman of The Andrea Bocelli Foundation; James Sun, Chairman and CEO of BeautyTap & Dramabeans; Alexa Fast, CEO of Italian Luxury Inc.; Yanghee Paik, Co-Founder and CEO of RAEL Inc.; Luciano Balbo, Founder of Oltre Venture; Daphna Ziman, President and Co-Chairman of CINEMOI; Evan Hainey, Celebrities Manager and Partner of Untitled Entertainment; Assaf Blecher, Executive Producer of The Golden Globes, AMA, Emmys, and Oscars; and Radha Mitchell, Hollywood Actress. The turn out was as brilliant as the insight and encouragement they provided the audience.
The event began with Co-Host and singer/songwriter, Raquel Aurlilia, leading a moment of silence followed by a beautiful rendition of Little Things I Love. Val Nzhie then spoke passionately of his moral obligation to take initiative and do his part to fight the virus with The Bervann and Andrea Bocelli Foundations.
Throughout the remainder of the gala, expert speakers were entwined with live music by artists Miguel Melgoza, Anshi Mathur, Damian Martin, and Easha Nandyala- inspiring listeners throughout the world.
“See a bit of yourself in those you encounter. Compassion is king. Hear your neighbor. There’s a lot we can learn from one another.”
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Miguel Melgoza is a singer/songwriter and musician who sings in both English and Spanish. Always happy to show support, Miguel was particularly moved to be a part of the charity gala as it brought about a sense of immediacy and relevance. He did not know what to expect, but logged on to the Zoom event an hour before his performance and quickly became aware that he was part of something special. He found the presenters riveting and inspiring as they shared their experiences and expertise around our current situation. Miguel was grateful to have been a part of this effort, and chose to perform his original song Mamita for an uplifting note in the gala.
“My instinct was to perform a more introspective and purposeful song. Mamita isn’t profound but it is fun. It’s simply about gratitude and celebrating a chance meeting. Perhaps it was that form of medicine that I was called to provide on that day.”
Miguel began playing music professionally when he moved to Phoenix, Arizona in his youth.
“In my late teens musical proficiency was like a shiny object in a storefront window. I knew I wanted it but I didn’t have the means to do more than admire from the sidewalk. In any skill set the currency is time. Time spent understanding the history and tradition. Time spent seeking out your weaknesses so that you may grow. Music was the first thing in life that gave me purpose. I made $25 the first time I performed. Thank goodness I didn’t know how much work it would take to get that rate up to a living wage. After that night I never looked back.”
The move to Phoenix also brought Miguel the opportunity to write songs for national TV programs such as The Shield and CSI Miami.
“When I moved to Phoenix I got hired to record drum and percussion parts for a publishing company. These songs would later be shopped to music supervisors for placement in film and television. One day I arrived early for a session. The producer and songwriter were laboring over a lyric so I offered an idea. To my surprise they took it and asked if I could take the track home and finish the verses. I’ve been writing for them ever since.”
New music is coming our way from Miguel. In the next couple of months we can anticipate a digital EP release along with some new singles.
“The gala was inspiring and engaging! I felt that the purpose was very meaningful and for a great cause.”
On Saturday, Anshi left a great impact with her cover of I’ll Be There, originally by Michael Jackson - chosen as an uplifting message for the event.
“During such times of uncertainty and distress, it is important to foster hope, community and unity. Together we can move past this towards a better future.”
Born and raised in Arizona, Anshi Mathur has been creating and performing music for the past two decades. With strong family ties to Indian Classical music, she grew up with a great resource of skill and talent. Anshi developed a fondness for American music and combined this with her roots to realize the true boundlessness of music. Enjoying the fusion of music and culture, Anshi mixes languages such as Hindi and Spanish, as well as styles like Pop, Bollywood, Reggaetón, and more.
Anshi’s first original fusion song, Take My Time, was released in March of 2020, and conveys some of life’s lessons about self love.
“Growing up I romanticized the idea of love. With diverse experiences in life, I started to learn how important it is to take the time to get to know yourself. I wanted to share the value of self-love with the audience as well as how taking some time for yourself can really improve your quality of life.”
Furthering Anshi’s fusion abilities, she recently completed her MBA. Music inspired her to pursue this education - wanting to grow her understanding of business and its impact on the music industry.
More positive vibes are coming our way from Anshi as she is currently working on her song Lifted - a Pop/EDM mix.
“Really it comes down to unity, because the pandemic is about coming together until research eradicates Covid-19. Focus on other things as it can be stifling to be under the pressures of the pandemic. It is great to see so many people come together.”
Nashville based guitarist/composer, Damian Martin, is a highly skilled musician and covered The Beatles’ In My Life. His performance moved those listening, particularly Val Nzhie, earning him an invitation to perform live in New York once Covid-19 is over. Damian was not initially certain of what he signed up for with the gala, but once involved he was impressed with the great reach it had with people from different countries. Grateful to be a part of the event, he was pleased to see so many people come together for a great cause.
Damian is talented in all styles of music - he does not have a favorite genre but rather loves all music.
Born in Miami, he strived for more excitement and moved to Nashville to broaden his horizons by studying music at Belmont University. Beyond going on tours, Damian has had success producing music for ad campaigns and Netflix series. Damian finds creating music for ad campaigns to be similar in structure to most jobs: directions are given, rough cuts are created and then guidance is given by the director to meet the feel they are looking for.
With the pieces Damian has created, you may have listened to some of Damian’s work without realizing. Sometimes even he can be caught off guard by its presence in pop culture, such as in the Netflix series the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.
“Music never stops; this is a rare opportunity to get rest when music is usually go-go-go. Now is the time to self-improve and write good songs as there are fewer time limits.”
With a passion for charity, Easha was excited to be a part of this gala. As a musician, she feels it is important to give back, and has done so in the past composing songs for UNICEF. On Saturday, she sang an original piece, Far Away. A combination of Blues, R&B, and Hip Hop, Easha wrote the piece while in High School - feeling trapped in a small town. Now the song seems more relevant than ever with many people isolated at home.
There are some silver linings to Covid-19, such as the resurgence of the arts. Easha may be at home in New Jersey, but she is recognizing the arts as one of the ways the mind can escape. At the end of this pandemic, if she has one memory, it is appreciating the small things such as picnics in the backyard - a place Easha used to take for granted.
The Zoom event on Saturday brings Easha hope and excitement, not only from the united front against Covid-19, but as a sample of the new ways artists will collaborate in the future. Easha plans to attend Stanford University in the fall and is excited that collaboration methods such as Zoom are becoming normal for musicians. This will allow her to work with other artists without the barrier of distance. In the meantime, she is still (like many of us) finding ways to show our loved ones how it all works.
Covid-19 has brought about many changes to society, some temporary and some permanent. Now is the time to unite and ensure that society reopens at the right time, in the right ways. The Bervann Foundation and The Andrea Bocelli Foundation continue to bring us together and fundraise in an effort to end Covid-19. From this one online charity gala they have fundraised over $100,000 and continue to push with an online auction which closes on Sunday June 7th, 2020. If you have not already, you can access their website at https://covid19onlinecharitygala.org to donate or bid. Remember, we are one world and need to band together now more than ever.
“Coming Together to Draw the Future.”
The word “split” may make you think of a departure, however in this case it is quite the opposite. A cherry split can happen when the fruit is ripe and full of sugary goodness. Ten years ago, a cherry split occurred with a particularly unique fruit - The White Cherries. This is The Diary of The White Cherries: Cape Town.
Back in 2010, Fernanda Romero and Abie Toiber shared a common desire and passion for music, and lived in one of the largest cities in the US - The City of Angels (L.A.). At the time, Abie was producing his own music and collaborating with other musicians, while Fernanda was searching for how to make her impact in the music industry.
Fernanda: “I was not into music at the moment, yet had been in the music industry. We had a friend that was in a band called The Deadlilies that Abie was producing and that's how we met.”
Pablo Hernandez, of The Deadlilies, is the mutual friend of Fernanda and Abie who introduced the two and inspired the first jam session.
Abie: “We started one day to jam with a ukulele, and Fernanda started to sing some lyrics. We realized we had some magic, and power behind it.”
Abie had been in music production for years, but he seemed to have a vital musical element missing, and her name was Fernanda Romero. That jam session was the moment that both Abie and Fernanda decided to start making music together. The music industry was prime to get a taste of these two as they created the group, The White Cherries.
Every great musical group needs an original name to try and describe their essence. Fernanda toyed with the name “The White Cherries”.
Abie: “For me personally, it's something fresh, tasteful, and sexy.”
The name “The White Cherries” sparked the idea of forming a duo; for Abie and Fernanda it just made sense!
Through the development of the White Cherries, they each brought something seductive to the sound as well as their personal quirks. Those quirks work in their favour, after all, in the music industry quirky is sexy! You may find yourself wondering, what is their quirk?
Fernanda: “It was our spontaneity; to listen to each other, go with our vibe, and our flow.”
In today's age, musicians constantly evolve, and new methods or songwriting and recording are constantly being introduced. From digital audio software to live studio sessions, what made Cape Town unique was the process and origin.
Fernanda: “Cape Town was actually from a personal project for a TV show involving the producers of Baywatch.”
The White Cherries were asked to provide a number of songs for the show, out of which Cape Town was born. You can feel the sun shine over you, under clear skies, when listening to the song with it's vibrant melody and voice.
Fernanda: "It just came from a creative flow, and just kinda happened. "
The sound of this duo developed throughout time the more they explored and experimented with their craft. What first began as Folktronic would transform into a more distinct sound by introducing new elements such as Electronic and Rock. This strategic method of experimentation provided more opportunity to start touring in Mexico City.
Abie: "We wanted to bring our live performances to life, and now we're working from our roots, which has always been Classic Rock.”
It is clear that when you combine Abie, Fernanda, and a hint of sexy Rock, you end up with that fresh sound full of flavour. This hybrid style resonates with music lovers of all backgrounds - whether Rock, Electronic or Folk.
So now that we know the origin of The White Cherries, fans want to know what to expect next.
Fernanda: “Even though we're in quarantine, we're still working through social distancing. Abie and I are trying to keep the creativity flowing, while working on covers such as Fleetwood Mac, and Drinks… Originals written two years ago make sense now with everything going on, and we'll continue to create for our fans!”
You may be a singer, a songwriter, an instrumentalist, a DJ, a music producer, or maybe you just enjoy a good song while you work. No matter what role music plays in your life, we all rely on our ears to enjoy it. Hearing specialists, audiologists, may be a tool in your belt you never thought to use, but they can make all the difference.
For instance, have you ever noticed that music sounded better in the bathroom? The shape, size, and materials in the room all play a role in determining the quality of sound produced and its ultimate effect on the listeners. It just so happens that bathrooms often have great sound acoustics! When choosing your study room, there are two key things you need to look for: reverberation time, and background noise.
Reverberation time is how long it takes for a sound wave to bounce back to its origin. Longer reverberation times create a “live” environment - a type of interference is caused on the original sound wave and this can enhance music as it blends notes together. Shorter reverberation times create a “dead” environment with crisper sounds - less enjoyable for music but better when giving speeches as it is easier to distinguish the sounds. Different styles of music have different ideal reverberation times to enjoy the music at its fullest.
Background noise is something we usually avoid. This can be a source of distraction, and can lead to us increasing the music volume to hear properly. Unsurprisingly, exposure to high intensity sounds for a long time can cause hearing loss - which can be detrimental for musicians and music enthusiasts.
Although some great music has been created by composers that are hearing impaired - such as Beethoven - most of us rely on our ears to both enjoy and create music. The irony of music is that listening for too long at too high a volume can limit your ability to enjoy music in the future. Luckily, there are protective earplugs on the market which allow you to clearly hear music without risking any hearing loss. Audiologists also recommend musicians periodically test their hearing ability to catch early signs of hearing loss and begin preventative measures if necessary.
So go ahead and play with your room acoustics, but be careful and protect your most valuable asset - your ears.
Beginning any career can be intimidating - to persevere through challenges takes passion and dedication. In the music industry, there's a certain desire that needs to exist in an artist, a sense of "going against all odds", especially during times when the odds seem stacked against you. This is when risks need to be taken. As an artist, you need to trust in your creativity and just go for it.
It is difficult to know where to start, who to go to for guidance, and how to gain exposure; a little advice from the experts always helps.
Executive producer and head judge of television series The Shot: Remastered, C.J. Allen, has some helpful insight on how to break down those walls and pursue your passions:
As a talent scout, judge, and mentor, what is the biggest challenge you face when you have artists looking to you for guidance during a critical point in their career?
The biggest challenge I face is that, 99.9% of the time, they haven't learned to just trust their gut yet. Yes, music is a tricky business but everyone has that internal sense that they can figure out what to do next. I often have artists who say "I just don't know what to do next" and my response is, "Well, what does your gut tell you to do?" and their response is almost always the advice I would give. The fact of the matter is, artists don't need someone like me to tell them what they should do next. It's all trial and error. The right result will come when it's found. Artists just need to give themselves the space to breathe, believe in themselves and run at an opportunity when it presents itself. Ultimately, it's going to be the artist and their persistence and ambition that is going to win the day for them. Stop, reflect, breathe, think outside the box. There's no "one size fits all" blueprint for artists these days.
Music culture involves people from all walks of life. Getting on the world stage can have different obstacles depending on a person's background and resources - what would you say to those who say, "it's just not possible..."
If you think or worse, believe that it's not possible then it's not. There are thousands upon thousands of artists waiting in line for their "big break" or to go to "the next level". If you doubt yourself, doubt your talent, doubt your music ... then (and sorry to be blunt), it's best to step out of the line and let the next person take a step forward. It's not "impossible." Impossible can't be in any artist's vocabulary. As an artist, you made a conscious decision to pursue a career in one of the most competitive industries. Making that decision means that you've already committed yourself to something you believe to be possible. There will be hard days. There will be days when it seems impossible but tomorrow, next week, next month, next year will not be the same as today. Don't rush. Don't chase "success". Take the time to stop and congratulate yourself on small victories.
Is there a specific message you have to aspiring musicians or The Shot: Remastered?
Be your truth: in your music, in your attitude, in your everyday interactions. Don't feel like you have to fit into a cookie-cutter mold. The music industry, fans, audience, everyone ... they love people who are authentic. Being authentic isn't reflected in the number of likes, followers or streams you have. Numbers are not a substitute for truth. Never sell out. Never stop seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Learn the business: don't hire someone to do things for you until you have learned how to do them for yourself. If you hate doing covers, then don't do them. Take your shot with your original music at www.singfortheshot.com.
C.J. Allen, Executive Producer and Head Judge of The Shot: Remastered
Musicians and artists have a rare talent and ability to bring cultures together through melodies and song. For Canadian Multi-Platinum Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Craig Smart, having a strong Jamaican and Caucasian ancestry has had a significant role in the essence of his songwriting - particularly in Canada, one of the biggest multicultural countries in the world. You may recognize Craig from his song “123” and recent song “Good Vibes” with DJ Antoine.
The most rewarding impact that Craig finds in his music is each person's reaction, and how it translates differently to everyone. In fact, Craig has performed his music during the union of marriage at weddings, a significant and one of the most memorable moment in two people's lives.
Whether it is a love ballad or a tale of heart ache, music is a reflection of our thoughts and emotions told in a melodic story. With that in mind, research has shown that music helps with mood and overall health. So what does Craig do to maintain a genuine and healthy lifestyle to express those Good Vibes through music? He finds that having a happy-go-lucky personality is crucial to staying relaxed, allowing himself the opportunity to always look at the brighter side of things. Especially during these times, rather than dwelling on negative aspects he quite enjoys being a home body, relaxing, and staying creative - a way he can relate to everyone.
So what does creativity mean to a professional musician and songwriter? It means finding joy while writing music that allows other to have fun.
Have you ever been surprised by how intensely music has impacted yourself or others? Craig certainly has, though he is surprised by how new music has changed. He still believes in maintaining the essence of love ballads and personal story telling.
Craig stresses the importance of music education. He surrounds himself with artists that still believe in the foundation of music studies, such as close friend and colleague, Karl Wolf:
"He's immensely talented as a pianist, writer and producer".
Craig calls for Canadian support to musicians. He states that it would be rewarding as a Canadian artist to have less hoops to jump through to be heard on Canadian radio. He's proud to be a Canadian artist and will continue to advocate for Canadian musicians to have equal opportunity in the industry, and not have to represent themselves as anything other than Canadian.
The advice that Craig Smart gives to new musicians and artists is to continue to follow their passion, and always refine their work striving to become better and better:
“Keep knocking on doors because eventually one will open.”
His message to is ultimately to have fun and not to let difficult times bring you down:
"I take what I do seriously, but I do not take myself seriously.”
Music will always cycle back, a little altered after each cycle. One way to bring music back to its roots is to study the fundamentals, beginning with music education and studies – it is how we can ensure the Good Vibes.
Craig Smart, Canadian Multi-Platinum Award Winning Singer/Songwriter
Caitlin Robinson, originally from Burlington, Ontario moved to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the age of three to find a home, a passion for music, and a passion the Performing Arts.
It became evident right away that if there was one thing not left behind during her move, it was music!
Caitlin grew up deeply interested in music and this did not go unnoticed by parents, Graham and Michelle Robinson.
Caitlin isn't your typical teenage girl wondering about her future plans. 16 year old Caitlin is dedicated to honing her skills in Performing Arts including Musical Theatre, Voice, Step Dance, and Hip Hop Dance. A typical week for Caitlin involves attending Charlottetown Rural High School, teaching Junior Theatre class, spend over 10 hours at lessons and recitals, and still finding time to relax with her friends.
In 2019, the Robinsons took a family trip to Australia however, they made a stop in Cambridge, Ontario to meet with an industry Producer and Engineer. It seems that no matter where Caitlin goes, music isn't too far behind.
Caitlin recently competed as part of a PEI based Step Dance team in Halifax that earned her several gold medals along side Canada's top dance schools. She also recently completed her Grade 6 Vocal Royal Conservatory Exam.
Her recognition goes beyond family and friends as she has appeared in news sources such as the CBC, The Guardian, and the local Charlottetown Newspaper.
She is now developing her acting skills with various musical performances through The Guild - a theatre in Charlottetown.
This past summer, Caitlin captivated the audience with her performance as Ariel in The Little Mermaid inspiring the hearts of young boys and girls.
With enough downtime to enjoy friend sleep overs and trips to the mall, she is preparing for her upcoming role as Belle this summer in Beauty and the Beast - a highly anticipated cast performance.
Whether its dance or theatre accompanied with her brilliant voice, Caitlin continues to work hard and develop her career in Music and Performance. This is one girl with a future as big as her dreams.
For many centuries, music has and continued to play significant role in the lives of individuals, ethnicities, communities and nations. Music largely defines a group of people and their way of life. To some people, music is an intrinsic part of their lives and they are non-separable, serving as a way of drawing inspiration. To some, it tells them of memories, experience with loved ones, source of entertainment. People constantly use music to alter their state, help reflect on their mood, motivate a workout, socialize with others, or just pass the time. Music on its own has immense power to influence how we feel and behave.
In medicine, the use of music in addressing illness is not new - typically used in most chronic debilitating conditions. The power of music can positively affect the brain and other body systems in a measurable way. Music particularly excites and activates the body and can help alleviate individuals experiencing chronic pains and other forms of ailments.
Specific songs, and most importantly, selected sound frequencies and rhythm are known to offer a great deal of help in soothing pain, controlling emotions, stress related conditions and even improving body's immune system. Listening to music can also help in reducing anxiety and stabilize the human body system.
Again, listening to and playing music increase the body's production of antibodies which can help the body to fight some forms of diseases.
Active music engagement allows individuals to reconnect with the healthy parts of themselves, even in the face of a debilitating condition or disease-related suffering. In the face of acute pain music can be used as a palliative measure to ease the pain.
It is interesting to note that the central core of music is sound, and sound is rooted in vibration. Music that resonates and vibrate with the human brain can significantly improve symptoms, including less rigidity for individuals, with better walking speed with bigger steps, and reduced tremors.
Author: Dr. Heinz Otchere OD, MSc
The Music in Medicine article is the opinion of Dr. Heinz Otchere and is solely used for the purpose of education for The Music Culture Academy Journal.