Film Festivals and Awards Shows – September Blog

A lovely Saturday greeting to all our wonderful friends and followers! Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful weekend as we usher in the Fall season.

Just thought I’d drop in and share with you some of the exciting things that has been happening in the world of DSYMusic this past month.

First off is the totally surprising news that we have received a nomination from the Toronto Independent Music Awards for Best Adult Contemporary for our song The Me I Found In You – one of the songs from our Stronger Than Before album! Awards night will be held at The Revival on Oct 13, 2017. Ticket link here.

We also wanted to share with you the teaser music video for Life Is What You Make It made by ABS-CBN Television Network for Jhett Tolentino’s inspiring short film of the same title.

We had our very first taste of Nashville last weekend for the Josie Music Awards at the Nissan Stadium where Life Is What You Make It was nominated for Song Of The Year in Pop/Contemporary category. Kudos to Josie and Tina Passantino and to the entire Josie Music Awards team for putting together an amazing awards show weekend packed with events that celebrate Indie Music! Though we didn’t bring home an award, it was definitely a super fun experience for us meeting up with old friends and talented artists, and taking in some of the best of what Music City had to offer (and that includes the mouth-watering beef brisket and baby back ribs!) Hats off to all the winners – you totally ROCK!

Upon our return we were greeted with the great news that CAN SHE STAY has been awarded Silver Medalist – Outstanding Achievement at the Global Music Awards for Pop Ballad and Lyrics/Songwriter categories!

BUT WAIT….THERE’S MORE…. 🙂 

We’ve been receiving some great news with regards to the CAN SHE STAY (CSS) music video!

To start with, CSS is now on VEVO! This is definitely a first for DSYMusic, and we couldn’t be more proud to share our music video to the VEVO audience. You can check out the video at http://vevo.ly/ZHAabu

On the Film Festival front, we’re excited to announce that CSS mtv has been accepted as Official Selection to 3 prestigious Film Festivals – the International Film Festival Manhattan (happening from October 18-22), the San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival (October 29), and the NYC Indie Film Awards – October 2017 Edition.

If you haven’t had a chance to download CAN SHE STAY yet, you can download now via Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, or from your preferred digital music retailer.

The next couple of months are exciting times for DSYMusic, as we continue to promote CAN SHE STAY to various film festivals. And we’re definitely looking forward to visiting LA for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards in November (where Life Is What You Make It is nominated) and celebrating Grammy® night in New York City next January.

That’s all for now. Visit us again soon (or subscribe to our blog feed) for the latest and greatest in all things DSYMusic!

Always In Music,

Dennis Sy

“There is no shelf life when it comes to your dreams.”

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If this is the last song I ever write I will be ok with it – Michael Peloso

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I first met Michael Peloso at an Indie Collaborative event in Philly on May 2nd of 2016. It was my first Indie Collaborative event, and it was nice to meet a fellow songwriter based in NJ. He was very pleasant and amicable to talk to, and on that stormy night in May, I knew he was someone I’d like to work with on a songwriting project.

Michael is a prolific lyricist with a penchant for writing deeply emotional songs, and I was excited at the possibilities of this collaboration.

On May 9th (a week after that fateful meeting), Michael sent me a set of lyrics and asked “tell me if you think I’m on the right direction as far as genre?”

Boy was he ever headed in the right direction!

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“The bittersweet emotions of a father in the contrasting throes of wanting to hang on and having to let go” is perfectly captured by Michael as he wrote about his daughters during a moment of melancholic introspection.

Those original set of lyrics would serve as inspiration for what would become our latest single of the same title: CAN SHE STAY.

After playing around with the words and song structure to fit the melody in my head, the original vision was to give it a country music flare and shop it to artists in that genre. Michael took the reigns in that regard, and for the rest of 2016 and early 2017, we both worked on other projects, including another songwriting collaboration between the 2 of us called WITHOUT YOU (demo version).

Fast forward to June of this year.  I knew Michael and I have something special and deeply personal in CAN SHE STAY, and I wanted to put my musical hand stamp on it.  In my mind, the words needed to take centerstage, with every other musical elements taking a minimalist and supportive role in this song.  So with the wonderful arrangement of producer Lorrie Ilustre, I started working on the recording and on July 4th, I surprised Michael with a pop-ballad version of CAN SHE STAY.

The rest, as they say, is history.

It has been my profound privilege to have received Michael’s homage to his wonderful daughters as conveyed in his original lyrics. And aptly I echo his sentiment when he said to me “If this is the last song I ever write, I will be ok with it.”

Here is the official music video of CAN SHE STAY. 

(Directed by feature film director Daryl Denner, filmed by Fictional Films LLC, with DP Rodney Reyes, and executive producer Mylz Tolentino

Music Review by Sleepingbagstudios: CAN SHE STAY

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After weeks of making this the best possible version that we could offer, receiving professional insights & advice along the way, we’re finally ready to share with you our latest single, set for official release on Aug. 15, 2017!

We’ll let Jer @ Sleepingbagstudios tell you all about it, with this beautifully crafted and insightful review of #CanSheStay, written by Michael Peloso and Dennis Sy, produced by Lorrie Ilustre & Dsymusic Us Dennis Sy DSYMusic, and executive produced by Mylz Tolentino.

We humbly invite to give this a read & a listen 😀

http://sleepingbagstudios.ca/dennis-sy-can-she-stay/

#newsingle #comingsoon

SHINE ON Review on SKOPE Magazine

Original URL: http://skopemag.com/2016/08/18/dennis-sy-shine-on-featuring-natalie-jean-and-darick-spears

Dennis Sy – ‘Shine On (Featuring Natalie Jean and Darick Spears)’

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Optimistic to its very core, Dennis Sy’s “Shine On” is a song of pure hope. Featuring the undeniable talent of Natalie Jean and Darick Spears, the song’s spirit soars to the sky. Effortlessly blending together elements of rock and jazz into a poppy whole the entire song radiates warmth. By far the highlight of the piece is the strong positive message via the poetic lovely lyricism. Simply brilliant the song’s structure offers up a nice sense of play as the flexibility of the piece allows it to possess a great number of twists and turns. This is a song that demands to be played as loud as possible for it is a song of celebration.

Wasting no time at all Dennis Sy swings into the mix of things. A carefully crafted groove leads the way as a glistening organ weaves its way in and out of the busy mix. Staying true to the song’s sense of power the piece unfolds with a sense of confidence. Guitar work taps into a western twang as it explores the spaciousness of the sound. The attention to detail is particularly fine as Dennis Sy lets the song start and stop on a dime. Powerful vocals lead the way further emphasizing the forward-looking nature of the piece. Towards the end of the song everything comes together into a brilliant display of color.

Strong and sunny, Dennis Sy’s “Shine On” is an immaculate piece of pop with a timeless message of inner strength.

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