Matt Vantine’s New Single is “Drop Dead” Gorgeous

Matt Vantine is notorious for writing and producing songs that relentlessly get stuck in your head for weeks on end, and his newest single, “Drop Dead”, falls perfectly in line with that. With an immediate start, Matt’s vocals come storming into the song with passion and force, and are met with his expertise on the guitar.

About a rollercoaster relationship, this record is an absolute earworm with its production, layered harmonies, and strong vocals. But the Philadelphia singer- songwriter is more than just a pretty face and a smooth voice. His lyrical ability is unlike any other artist, being able to deliver punch lines with rhythm and rhyme, in a way we all wish we could do.

“My first love was the guitar,” Vantine tells us. In addition to being the lead vocalist and guitarist on the track, Matt also has his hand in producing all of his tracks. Although previously, we would say “The Goddess and Me” was our favorite Matt Vantine track, because of its Ed Sheeran type acoustic vibe and haunting vocal game, it seems that has taken the second place spot now behind “Drop Dead”.

Once you hear the final line of the track, you’ll understand why it’s been added to all of our playlists, and quoted under all of our latest Instagram posts.

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Video Voyageur: 3Qs with Fabrizio Paterlini

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Musical genius Fabrizio Paterlini has brought his new single and video to life this week for “Eyes Closed,” which has us over the moon for the noteworthy artist. With millions of Spotify streams under his belt, Paterlini is back at it again with a bold and enchanting new piece. The song is a pure improvisation, played on the day of the recording.
The atmosphere of the ancient villa in which we were recording, together with the softness of the sound obtained by the felt mounted between the hammer and the string of the grand piano, led Paterlini to discover this unknown territory, in which everything is light and ethereal. “The result is in a silky melody, which can only by listened with eyes closed,” he shares. We had the honor to catch up with Fabrizio Paterlini for an exclusive interview which you will find below, on a very special Video Voyageur.
1. Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?
The song is part of a short movie, “Transitions”, which has been recorded in the beautiful Villa Dionisi (Italy) last summer. The hall is gorgeous and so is the sound that it gives to the felted piano: elegance and softness melt together in this video!

2. What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
The short movie is all about me visiting the Villa, watching the beautiful details and walking in the huge garden outside the house. In this space, i present my album “Transitions” playing the grand piano, in the main hall.

3. What was the process of making this video?
Since “Eyes closed” is pure improvisation, the video as well is “one take”: Edoardo Cantini (the director) wanted to enhance the sense of improvisation of the music shooting the performance directly, only with his camera, walking around the piano. And the video is the result of this.

Video Voyeur: 3Qs with LAPêCHE

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LAPêCHE’s bold and beautiful new video for “Gracie,” gives us such Fall vibes it makes us ecstatic. The group who hail from Brooklyn, New York are truly one of the front runners of the scene. The gorgeously crafted track is strung together by a video that is equally as intriguing for your radar. The slight retro feel brings the intelligence and liveliness of the band to center stage; as the video and song are both truly a labor of love. We had the honor to catch up with the band as we dive a bit deeper into what went into creating the stellar new video.

Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

The song is about finding grace in tragedy. When bad things happen and there is no rhyme or reason its hard to be at peace with it and glean any positives. But going through it with a partner/loved one organically creates grace and it’s just enough to get you through it. This is our second video from our Spirit Bunnies 7”. We chose this song because we felt the mood and lyrics needed a visual.

What was the inspiration behind this video(visuals, storyline, etc.)?

We wanted to invoke the mournfulness of the lyrics in a simple but vibrant setting.

What was the process of making this video?

This is our 4th time working with Jake Halopren. We just love his style and eye. We gave him the song and he told us what he envisioned and just like the previous times we’ve worked together, his idea was spot on. He enlisted his talented friend Peter Reinstein to shoot it. We wanted something simple, sharp and that held your attention.


Video Voyeur: 3Qs with FAtHERS

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FAtHERS have just released their impressive and noteworthy video for “O’Malley”Their music is heavy without being cliche, and the group thrives in pouring genuine emotion into every piece. Channeling hardcore heavyweights such as Cave In, Big Business, Converge, and Trap Them, Fathers bring a unique vision to the table.Their new record was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kanan at the Keep In, in Denver, Colorado. The band has been having an active year already, in which they’ve completed a West Coast tour, been invited to play festivals such as Denver’s Electric Funeral Fest, and have supported the likes of EYEHATEGOD, Sacred Reich, Sworn Enemy, Great Falls, Cro-Mags, Whores., and more. With an upcoming release slated for early November, we’re intrigued by the breaking barriers band.

We took the time to chat with the Mhyk from the band as we dive into their new video a little bit deeper.


1.Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

This song was inspired by the suicide of someone very close to a member of the band. As with many suicides, it seemed to come out of the blue, and the song is an attempt to try to empathize with and capture the frustrations that silence so many people who are hurting. We chose this song as we felt it captures a lot of the themes we explored on this album.

2. What was the inspiration behind this video(visuals, storyline, etc.)?

The idea behind the video was to show fatigue, frustration and a sense of imbalance and powerlessness. The lighting design, done by Gil Romero, was actually created specifically for that song. I think he and the director may have had to alter it slightly, but it’s very close if not identical to what he created for our live show.

3. What was the process of making this video?

The video was shot entirely at a friend’s house and at our practice space by Chelsea Alderman of Sea Monstrosity. They then supplemented with some of their own stock footage. Again, we tried to shoot scenes and performances that captured the ideas of chaos and imbalance, in keeping with the theme of the song. We met with the director a few times in conjunction with our stage multimedia director Gil Romero, to make sure we could create something for the live shots that was as original as possible given time and space. The acting shots were done with a friend of the band, and designed to use a simple symbol that conveyed weight and complexity, thus the idea of trying to stack uneven stones. We’re excited about how this turned out and feel it’s a great accompaniment to the album.

Dirty Snowman Society Shares a “TASTE OF HEAVEN”

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The first word that comes to mind when listening to “Taste of Heaven” by Dirty Snowman Society is seduction. The distorted lead guitar tone pulls at the ears by teasing resemblance to “Smooth” by Santana while the overall track appears to nod to Nirvana. The deep lead vocal sits somewhere in between soothing, pleading and agitated. These are just a few of the many layers this track has to offer the listener.

Clearly of the Rock ’n’ Roll age, the balance of pleasantries and distortion in the tracks instrumentation further drives home the overall message of the emotional duality associated with being in an entrancing yet toxic relationship. The backup vocalists in the chorus exude an almost angelic tone while accompanying the lead vocalist on the words “your slice of hell tastes like heaven to me” but to make sure there isn’t a shift too heavily in one direction or another, there are a lot of distorted and dissonant guitar parts happening deeper in the track to maintain the conflict. Even the final ending tone carries this metaphor home – it’s messy, a little dirty but still pleasant.

Stream “Taste of Heaven” by Dirty Snowman Society now on all of your favorite streaming platforms.

The Pairs Lure Us in With Latest Single

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The Pairs don’t quite fit any particular genre and they like that!  (And so do we!)
With three unique songwriters at the helm, The Pairs create a diverse repertoire using their individual lives as inspiration.

The group shares of the track:

‘Did I’ is an anthem that emerged from the tense and sometimes blameful feelings that often follow disagreements. The song articulates some of the inner dialogue that comes with a lot of reflection, a bit of self loathing and an ultimate desire to feel at peace with yourself and all of the people you share the world with. Produced by Matt Grady at EMAC Recording Studios. London, On. Matt was the perfect fit for this project. Our visions for the project immediately connected and we were able to build on one another’s ideas and possibilities for each song! It was so exciting to take the bare bones of the songs into the studio and watch them become what we had only been able to imagine. Immediately, Matt recognized that our biggest strength was in our vocal arrangements and the blend of our voices. Having come from a classical choral background, we are very used to needing to produce a certain type of sound for a live audience. We wanted to convey that musicality through our recording and Matt had us sing most of the vocal parts together in the round.There is a certain type of energy that translates when people are singing together and interacting with one another in a recording and we are so happy that Matt trusted our ability enough to put us in the round.

Employing music as a tool for sharing stories of life’s challenges, hope and hilarity, The Pairs inherently connect with their audience through their emotion-full performances. Powered by 3 classically trained vocalists and a former punk rock drummer, their unique blend of harmony and rhythm will hug your eardrums and inspire you to dance!

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