Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dislocados nominated TWICE to the Independent Music Awards!

Kiev’s Own DISLOCADOS Joins Ra Ra Riot, Melissa Auf der Maur, Flying Lotus, Jim Campilongo, Jackson Browne and David LindleyAs Nominees for The 10th Independent Music Awards
More Than 300 Self-Released and Independent Label Talent Nominated

For Immediate Release
February 17 2011 – Kiev based Dislocados join Ra Ra Riot, Melissa Auf der Maur, Flying Lotus, Hemoptysis, Darrell Scott, Jim Campilongo, Jackson Browne and David Lindley and other self-released and independent label talent as Nominees for The 10th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene, the more than 300 Nominees in nearly 70 Song, Album, Music Video and Design categories were culled from submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Known for celebrating artists that follow their own muse, The 10th IMA Nominees are an eclectic mix of rising stars including Strawfoot (Alt. Country Song), Hemoptysis (Metal/Hardcore Song), and Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three (Amerciana Album) and established talent including telecaster virtuoso, Jim Campilongo (Instrumental Album), experimental multi-genre artist, Flying Lotus (Music Video and Dance/Electronica Song), and indie rockers, Ra Ra Riot (Pop/Rock Album). Perhaps better known as major label acts, this year’s Nominees strutting their independence include former Hole bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur (Indie/Alt./Hard Rock Album), and songwriting legend Jackson Browne with David Lindley (Live Performance Album).

Winners will be determined by a panel of 62 influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann, Pete Wentz, Bettye LaVette, Seal, Adam Duritz, Ozzy Osbourne, Arturo Sandoval, Martin Atkins, Andrew W. K., Shelby Lynne, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Pat McGuire (Filter Magazine) and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter) and will be announced in mid-March 2011. Music fans have until July 11 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selected IMA Winners.

Hear the music of all Nominees at: Has Its Awards
Celebrating the democracy of creativity and meritocracy of talent, The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent artists who are, traditionally ignored by mass media and big box retailers. For the past 10 years, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry networking database The Musician’s AtlasOnline, and producers of the original webTV series, Grooveable Feast, The IMAs use its unrivaled access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities. Earning IMA honors goes beyond a badge of distinction. Artists credit The IMAs with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.

Past winners and nominees include: And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Cursive, fun., The Flatlanders, Spinerrette, Holly GoLightly & The Brokeoffs, Vienna Teng, The So So Glos, Cephas & Wiggins, The Matches, All That Remains, The Cliks, Oran Etkin, State Radio, Lee “Scratch Perry, The Very Best, Tim Easton, Marco Benevento, Kes The Band, Jamie Lidell, Lacuna Coil, The Trews, Joan As Police Woman; Koko Taylor, Miguel Migs; Speech, God Forbid, Lionel Louekee; Jeff Healey, Johnny Dowd, Chris Whitley, Ike Turner, The Apples in stereo, Mary Gauthier, Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland), The Mooney Suzuki, and Denque Fever among many others. Submissions for The 11th Independent Music Awards will open in March.

Nominees For The 10th Annual IMAs Are:

Best Latin Song:

Damian Wyldes: Tu Que Lloras Por El
Dislocados: Ya (Nada Menos)
Domino Saints: Ahora es Ahora
Manicato: Familia
Omar Torrez: Marina
Best Latin Album:

Arturo Ortega: Teoria Hibrida
Dislocados: La Salida
Orquesta Sabadonga: Pa' los Rumberos del Mundo
Savor: ¡Moviendote!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dislocados pays homage to Michael Jackson with Billie Jean!

So, the single is out! Like I said, we were coming out with a BIG song for us, and it's finally here! We've pre-released our new single which is a pure hard salsa interpretation of Michael Jackson's classic, Billie Jean. The song is coming out officially on June 25, 2010, the one-year anniversary of MJ's death, but you can catch it on youtube here!:

The song was a lot of work and effort from our side, mostly from Ilya, who did the awesome hard salsa arrangement. But, it's always hard when you're doing a cover, especially such a FAMOUS one, because everyone is going to have their own opinion. For us, the most important thing was to maintain the main singable parts of the song so people could enjoy singing along in the club, make the beat very salsa-groovy, but still do it the Dislocados way, meaning that I wasn't trying to be too much like Michael on the vocals, and the band does its hard salsa thing.

I hope you all enjoy it, we're really pleased. Special thanks to Sasha Sadovets from Na Hati Records for doing such a great job with the sound post-production.

And, no, we haven't abandoned our old style and now are going to be doing just danceable salsa covers. But, we like to see what we can do when we experiment a bit. Be assured that on the next album you'll have the whole spectrum from this kind of stuff to intense jazzy hardcore jams!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dislocados records NEW SINGLE!

So, just came back from the studio in Kiev this weekend. Awesome fun. I laid down the lead vocals for our new single coming out on JUNE 25TH! It's supposed to be a big deal for us, so I'm really excited.
I went with my brother, Nicholas, who joined Ilya and Lesya on coro and I think it worked out great. Nicholas gave a new flavour to the coro that you guys won't regret.
Before I forget, as always, special thanks to Sasha Sadovets of Na Hati Records, Ukraine, who made the recording process as enjoyable as possible, as usual. What a professional.
The plan is that the song will be available as a single download from iTunes, etc. Although, it always takes a little delay with iTunes, but even if it's not available there straight away, you'll be able to hear it starting June 25th on Hard Salsa Radio in New York, around a bunch more radio stations worldwide, and I'm going to make it available for immediate listening on youtube.
We're keeping the song a big secret until it's out. The song has a couple of purposes. Mainly, it's to increase Dislocados' visibility among salseros that don't know us yet. Our main concentration was on:
1. increasing visibility
2. increasing "dance-ability"
3. making a special dedication to a beloved artist
Well, without saying more, I just have to say that the song seems awesome. We already pre-performed it twice in Kiev, and I gotta tell you, the audiences loved it. Ilya paid special attention to make the arrangement as danceable as possible without losing Dislocados' hard salsa essence. Be especially prepared for some great coros, great horn parts, and sing alongs...
Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know about it for now. It's the most exciting thing right now for us... We're done the rhythm section, lead and coro, and now we have to record the horns and mix it, and it'll be ready to go!
So, the countdown begins. T-25 days until Dislocados' new blockbuster hit...

Get ready to hear it in a salsoteca near you!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spotlight on Andrey Chayka

Andrey is a fiercely committed Dislocados member and dedicated musician, and shines as a timbalero, particularly in his mind-blowing solos.


Национальная Музыкальная Академия Украины им. Чайковского 2006
Dislocados c 2007 года
Ансамбль ударных инструментов НМАУ им. В. Колокольникова
Олег Путятин & Валерий Кошман Project

Salsa dura очень актуальна в наше время. Она несёт колоссальный заряд позитивной энергии и радости. В ней есть всё! - музыка, самые разнообразные ритмы, жизнеутверждающие тексты с глубоким философским содержанием и очень жовой энергичный танец, как спорт и интелектуальное развитие!!! В сальсе очень много разных ритмов, которые можно и интересно играть на любом инструменте. QUE VIVA LA SALSA DURA!!!

Salsa dura is a very relevant and current form of music. It brings a colossal charge of positive energy and happiness. It has everything! - music, a huge variety of rhythms, life-affirming lyrics with deep philosophical content and a lively and energetic dance, like a sport, and intellectual development!!! In salsa there are many different types of rhythms that you can play in an interesting way on any instrument. QUE VIVA LA SALSA DURA!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spotlight on Valentin Korniyenko

Valentin Korniyenko / Валентин Корниенко

Dislocados' baby bass player, Valik's creative skills are especially well featured in a 3-minute long solo on Descarga de 44, a real La Salida gem!

Харьковское Музыкальное Училище им. Лятошинского 1992/1996
Харьковский Педагогический Университет им. Сковороды 1996/2001
Харьковский Институт Искусств им. Котляревского 2001/2003
КГВМУ им. Р. М. Глиера 2003/2005

Skhid-Side, Квартет Гетца Грюнберга, Трио Константина Стрельченко, Квартет Сергея Капелюшка, Овсяников & Ересько Band, Lush Life, Квартет Theodora Enacia, Dislocados c 2007 года

Когда джазовый музыкант начинает слушать сальсу,он думает что это просто ,легко и не очень интересно....во всяком случае со мной было именно так....Но стоит ему вслушаться повнимательнее в эту музыку или попробовать сыграть ее и , он начинает менять свою точку зрения - не так уж это легко,и ,когда у него уже начинает получаться он чувствует удовлетворение от своих новых ощущений......если это продолжается - музыкант и сам не заметит как влюбится в этот ,наполненный бешеной энергией, необычный для европейца стиль музыки....... Лично для меня сальса открыла качественно новые ритмические ощущения....и джазовая музыка от этого только выиграла....

When a jazz musician begins to listen to salsa, he thinks it's easy, simple, and not very interesting... either way, with me it was exactly like that. But, it's worthwhile to listen a little closer to it or to try to play it and, you begin to change your perspective - not so easy anymore, and, when the jazz musician starts to get it, he feels satisfied by his new feelings... if this continues, the musician himself won't notice how he falls in love with this full fury of energy, an unusual style of music for a European. Personally for me, salsa opened numerous new rhythmic feelings... and my jazz side only got better because of it...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Videos are up! And salsa, as perceived by Dennis Adu.

Hey guys, WE'RE BACK. After a long bout of silence, and a lack of salsa for me for 2 months, I went back to Kyiv last week and picked up our professional videos from the Jimmy Bosch concert!!!

Check them out, I'm so excited!

Soooooooooo exciting. Now the next step is to get to the Ottawa and Montreal jazz festivals. If we could bring Jimmy, we can do anything now!

In other news, for the Dislocados launch concerts, I had the guys prepare some text about why salsa is cool for musicians and not only for dancers. We didn't get a chance to use them before the concert, unfortunately, but I think it's important to post their ideas now. This part is in Russian for our Russian audiences. The first one I'll post will be by Dennis Adu, first trumpet in the band, international maniac on trumpet. :) pictured above


Your browser may not support display of this image. Деннис Аду

Криворожское Музыкальное Училище 2002/2005; КГВМУ им.Р.М.Глиера 2005/2009.

Dislocados c 2005 года, Cactus Fresh, Z-Band, Квинтет Дмитрия Александрова, Квартет Родика Иванова, Alex Fantayev Band, Квинтет Дениса Дудко, Квинтет Дениса Аду, Группа «Ремонт Воды», Little Band Academy, MazaFanka, Band 44.

Я думаю, что для джазового музыканта интерес играть сальсу заключается в том это прежде всего этот невероятный ритм этот драйв (когда он есть конечно^^) непохож не на одну музыку в мире. Тем более если ты играешь эту музыку с amazing musicians (как в ДисЛоКадОс) к примеру, то ощутить этот своеобразный драйв не сложно (ну когда у всех нормальное настроение конечно же это немаловажно в любой музыке) (моё настроение на 80% зависит от трубы, даже я бы сказал от того сколько времени я с ней провожу в флигеле Глиэра). Что касается ритма это очень сложные комбинации рисунков на разных инструментах способны вскружить голову даже самым профессиональным музыкантам, так как они действительно сложны и если ты даже трубач или пианист или басист ты должен их обязательно знать (хотя бы основные рисунки основных стилей) чтобы быть уверенным в себе и чтоб не случалось разный мистейков на сцене! Как типо джамену мне интересно играть сальсу так как в импровизации в сальсе есть определённые правила в основном заключающиеся в красивых мелодиях построенных на самых обыкновенных трезвучиях в необыкновенных ритмических построениях, и конечно же масса разных клише которые используются в сальсе так же как и в джазе (или не используются). А как трубачу особенно интересно играть сальсу ещё и потому что эта музыка даёт возможность играть на трубе совсем иначе чем в любой другой музыке Это в превую очердь проявляется конечно же в штрихах, в звуке, в выдержке ну и конечно же в выдержке (endurance) и в регистре (range), (относительно двух остальных я мог бы написать наверное ещё на пару страниц но напишу в кратце). Что касается выдержки и регистра на трубе в сальсовой музыке это особая история, так как все сальсовые трубачи славятся своим невероятно мощным звуком и естественно умопомрачительным регистром что придаёт этой музыке фантастическую энергию. Для того чтобы играть сальсу трубачу ему главное не только иметь определённый регистр выдержку и звук, а и невероятную дисциплину которая будет помогать ему быть всегда в форме (вот кстати почему большинство трубачей более ответственно подходят к занятиям нежели другие инструменталисты 8-). Нет физической формы(на трубе) – нет и сальсы)))) В этой музыке можно оторватся вообщем(если знать как) gg

Rough translation:

I think that a jazz musician's interest in playing salsa lies in, above all, its incredible pace and drive (when it exists, of course ^ ^) it's unlike any other in the music world. Especially if you play this music with amazing musicians (as with Dislocados), for example, you feel this kind of drive is not difficult to achieve (well, of course when everyone's mood is good, as is similar in any music) (my mood is 80% dependent on the horn, especially I would say of how much time I spend with her in the wings of the Glier school). As for the rhythm, it's very complex with combinations of patterns on different instruments that can challenge you, even with the most professional musicians, as they are really complex and even if you trumpet or piano or bass you need to know (at least the basic patterns, basic styles) to be confident in yourself, and not to make too many mistakes on stage! In terms of jamming, it's interesting for me to play salsa because in salsa improvisation there are certain rules, which are primarily in the beautiful melodies built on triads of unusual rhythmic constructions, and of course the multitude of different riffs or quotes that are used in salsa as well as in jazz (or not used). A trumpet player in particular has fun playing salsa also because the music makes it possible to play the trumpet very different than in any other music, is reflected in the bars, the sound, and of course in the endurance and range, (on the other two I could probably write another couple pages but I'll write in brief). With regard to maturing and the register of the trumpet in salsa music, it's a special story, because all salsa trumpeters are famous for their incredibly powerful and natural sound mind bending register that gives the music a fantastic energy. In order to play salsa, a trumpet player not only has to have patience and good sound, but also incredible discipline that will help him to be in form (this is the why the majority of trumpeters take a more responsible approach to employment than other instrumentalists 8-). No physical form (in trumpet) - no salsa)))) In this music, you can let yourself go completely (if you know how) gg