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Artist Review: Mister Jam

My first contact with Mister Jam was in the 90s when I bought the album New Love Dimension. I still regret parting ways with that one, because it cannot be currently found on the streaming/online platforms.

Around 5 years ago, I decided to take a look at the most recent MJ work and I found several tracks that are at the top portions of my playlists today.

Mister Jam is a great songwriter and producer, and he’s constantly finding great talent for the vocals, either in Brazil (his base) or in other parts of the world.

My EDM playlist has a few of them. Enjoy.

Alex Iva – Let’s Try

Another interesting track I happened to come across with is Let’s Try, by Alex Iva and Dominic.

The piece is well-written, well-produced and really catchy. I love the beat on the chorus and the singer’s voice is pretty pleasant.

I have the track in my Snowboarding – Electronica playlist.

Max M – Never Wanna Leave

I came across this French musician who makes excellent music, and I had to give him a spot on my EDM, Deep, House, Electronica playlist.

Max’s song Never Wanna Leave is very well written and the vocals are excellent. I also really like his choice of instruments.

This Light’s History Part 6 (and that’s it, for now…)

2019 was a year of several releases and re-releases and marked a turn in my music career, or at least how I approach it. Inspired by the words of a friend who told me not to give up music, in a time when I felt tired of getting nowhere, I created a Bandcamp page, then a SoundCloud profile, and, one thing leading to another, I ended up releasing my previous work on all platforms and also started a few other initiatives, this website/blog/playlist submission platform among them.

The year that finished yesterday marked the re-release of my legacy recordings (which were re-mixed/re-mastered) on platforms (before, I was betting only on Google Play).

Some of these songs came from my parallel project Inner Place and received new arrangements or recordings. One of my favourites is More Than You Know. Others came from my instrumental music project Purple Forest (which ended up becoming an album under This Light).

But the past year also saw the release of new songs, like On The Shinkansen, inspired by my trip to Japan.

It was a nice year. I changed my approach to music promotion, improved my production skills and got signed by three labels (from the U.K., Russia and Romania). I also self-released most of my legacy work and new tracks. It’s a lot of work. Composing and producing is a lot of work, but promoting maybe takes even more time than the hours I spend in the studio. But I don’t complain. Music is my passion and I feel really glad for having the opportunity to do this work.

This Light’s History Part 5

In 2018. I had the opportunity to visit Greece, and while in a restaurant in Santorini, I came in contact with Vanilla Radio. Back home, I started listening to it daily and had the chance to discover music from artists of the Mediterranean (Vanilla plays music from all around the world though). I already used to like music with middle-eastern influence, having composed tracks for my metal band Hall of Dreams that invoked some of that musicality. This way, the music of artists like Valeron, Mahmut Orhan and a few others was a great find for me.

The trip and the radio programming were also a source of inspiration for me to compose four tracks that would form the EP In The Middle. Two of the tracks, Setting Sun and Hayat, have a lot to do with what I speak about above and are, to date, two of my favourite compositions. The other two tracks in the album, No Orleans and Low Light sound more like deep house (or whatever you feel they sound like, I do a terrible job trying to categorize my own compositions).

After almost releasing the EP through a label based in the US, I decided to self-release In The Middle and I don’t regret the decision. Setting Sun is This Light’s song with most of plays on Spotify.