2014 is off to a great start for DSYMusic!
Riding the momentum generated towards the end of 2013 with the release of our 3rd album STRONGER THAN BEFORE (STB) and the official CD launch at Toshi’s Living Room and Penthouse in NYC (click here to view photos), as well our attendance at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards in LA for the honor of having 2 songs from the album nominated at last year’s event, 2014 continued to roll along with the same pace and excitement that had us already dreaming about some much needed R&R as we close off the 1st quarter of the year.
STB’s radio campaign began right off the bat as we entered the new year, with a fun live interview last January 3 with the very cool Big Nel of Urban Soul Radio FM. I couldn’t think of a better audience to introduce our little old school / R&B tune STRONGER THAN BEFORE to, than to the listeners of Urban Soul Radio. To date, we have garnered airplay at the following radio stations across the US:
CHOICE 107 in Columbia, SC
DOMINION GLOBAL RADIO in Houston, TX
KPTR-FM in Atlanta, GA
KTMR-FM TRUE MUSIC RADIO in Charlotte, NC
MAJIC 93.3 in Denver, CO
PURE SOUNDS RADIO in Chicago, IL
URBAN SOUL RADIO in Lakewood, CA
STB is also being heard around the world with fans joining in from places like Slovenia, Canada, Israel, Chile, Mexico, Kenya, Venezuela, across Europe and Asia on Jango Radio.
Of course, one of the highlights of my career will always be the opportunity to attend “music’s biggest night” – the GRAMMY Awards last January 26.
It was a night filled with inspiring memories – to be amongst the “best of the best” in the field of music, watching them strut their stuff in the grandest of stages, and witnessing the live performance of 2 of the remaining members of the legendary group The Beatles – Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
It was an experience that fed the creative fire within me, to never stop learning and improving, and hopefully one day… 🙂
(Click here to view more pictures from THE GRAMMY EXPERIENCE)
February was quite an eventful month for us, as we were notified that another song from the STB album has been nominated at this year’s Hollywood Music In Media Awards – the song I’VE BEEN SEARCHING (Male Vocal Category).
It also brought us the opportunity for us to travel to Las Vegas to perform at the grand opening of Truffles N Bacon Cafe, a little piece of gourmet heaven in the heart of Vegas. We truly had a great time savoring the hospitality and gourmet offerings of owners Magnolia Magat & Chef Jackie Lim, as well as the 70 degree weather in the “desert”.
We rounded off the month of February with a live performance at Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse last Feb. 22, with the always amazing The Kayumanggi Band, and a surprise jam session with Rockstar MiG Ayesa.
Catch a snippet of this impromptu jam session below.
Oh yeah – we also decided to enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night Song Competition one night before the submission deadline!
Armed with just a will and determination to come up with a song that we thought captured the spirit of the Apollo Amateur Night contest, we wrote the song HERE AT APOLLO. With help from fellow singer/songwriter Chrysss Estipona in adding the drum tracks and other musical input in the arrangement, we managed to write, produce, record, and create our video entry within a span of 10 hours straight to make it to the submission deadline. And although we didn’t make it as finalists in this competition, we are proud of the effort that we put into our song entry, and we humbly share it with everyone here.
Well, that’s our little 2014 first quarter update.
Many more ideas and plans are in the pipeline, including a “concept album” of all original material, plus some live performances already booked for the year. We look forward to the journey ahead and to whatever challenges and creative magic it ultimately holds.
Thanks always for joining me on this wonderful and amazing ride! Your support is what keeps us going as we traverse through this maze of totally uncharted opportunities and surprises.
Always In Music.