Monday, July 30, 2012

Joy Shannon - eagerly await her latest release!

Interview by Chris Koppers, photographs courtesy of Joy Shannon

Multi-talented Joy Shannon comes along with her band the Beauty Marks and they are the Celtic folk rock band from Long Beach, CA.

Joy invites us to learn more about her world of music.
This interview reveals her magic and it takes you hostage for a land full of  her smoldering tunes and her prodigious vocals.

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It seems your songs grant space for your experiments with various influences. How do find the proper dose without losing your own style?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gabby Covay - Songwriter & creative visionary

Story and interview by Chris Koppers, photo courtesy of Gabby Covay

Gabby is on fire. These days, Gabby feels like one of the happiest songwriters of this planet, because of her newly launched website:

"I use what’'s hot in today's music to write tomorrow’s music which will have you and even your dog dancing to the beat of my different drum."

Gabby explains her visions and she grants a profound insight of being an exceptional songwriter.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Annie Dressner - Moving to the UK.

Story and interview by Chris Koppers, photo courtesy of Annie Dressner

Annie left her hometown of New York City and entered the United Kingdom with her “passionate, conversational awkwardness” which can be testified on her debut album named Strangers who knew each other's names.

Annie is currently on tour. All her tour dates can be seen here:

 I feel honored to publish a short interview with her:

What is your main motivation for composing your poignant lyrics?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Editor's note - new layout pops up soon

Dear fans of crankbox-music,

I am currently working on a new layout and the final version will pop up soon.
Due the tremendous success of crankbox-music, I will provide lengthy articles and, if time permits to do, add images I shot by myself.

Thank you for all your support and comments.
Enjoy your day.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Jolly - New tunes without deviating from their core

Story and interview by Chris Koppers

One of Jolly's main factor is versatility. Everyone's hands are involved to produce prolific tracks for your ears and your mind. Based in NYC, Jolly goes the extra mile to reach their fans in the U.S. and in Europe.

Jolly shared some moments with my humble person and this interview is the outcome for you.

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How would you describe your recent tour - May 2012?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Whitney Acke - Listen to her veritable songs

Story and interview by Chris Koppers, photo courtesy of Whitney Acke

Whitney Acke is a unique singer/songwriter from Lexington, KY. Her music, her uncanny knack, opens a land full of emotions and it is all accompanied by passionate melodies.
Whitney talked to me about her unabashed love: music.  She shows up with one of her poignant songs and it is like a bolt of lightning. Her penchant for getting the best of her songs and her lyrics will catapult Whitney to one of the best songwriters in the U.S..

Please learn more about Whitney. How?
Check the interview.

Your song I can't do this anymore seems to be a very personal song for you. How did you compose it? Based on personal experience? What is the key element (lyrics or melody, or even both)?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tatiana Moroz - Make a youtube video!

Story and interview by Chris Koppers

Tatiana Moroz fell in love with the stage. The stage is her realm. Her guitar is her transmitter for her audience. Her thrilling voice with a hint of vulnerability takes her listeners to another galaxy.

Growing up in New Jersey and a graduate of the known Berklee College of Music, Tatiana can softly penetrate your understanding of emotional music and re-write it for you. She commenced singing at the age of ten. Fascinated by Phantom of the Opera, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon and Madonna, she diligently crafted her own style and came up with her first introspective debut album. Tatiana is a hardworking and very dedicated musician and you can witness that by checking her schedule out. She is touring around the U.S. on a non-stop basis. She performs for thousands of stunned folks. Look for Tatiana and her ’68 Gibson acoustic guitar – a singer/songwriter on a top notch level.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jacqui Taylor - A celestial lady with her guitar

Story and interview by Chris Koppers / photos courtesy of Jacqui Taylor

Her movements are genteel. You can feel her devotion. She runs her own studio where she can experiment with her magic. Immediately, you will notice she came in to perform her religion. Music. You do not have to be pious, but you should be ready for her music, because it is pure vanilla. 

Jacqui Taylor is a composer/guitar teacher and is the guitartist for TWO bands: The Clan Destined and Razorbladekisses. Moreover, Jacqui is a University of Brighton graduate in music and art.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Bad Afro Records - The man behind it

Story and interview by Chris Koppers

Lars Krogh, the founder of Bad Afro Records, runs Bad Afro Records, an independent label based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bad Afro was the embodiment of the mid 90's Scandinavian music prosperity.  

Lars had some time for an interview for crankbox-music.

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How does an ordinary day within the premises of Bad Afro look like?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alex Schultz produces buoyancy with his guitar

Story and photo by Chris Koppers

The New Yorker released his first solo album "Think about it" that manifested his scrumptiousness.

Normally, he can be seen as the sideman for some well-known harpists. Alex is not that eloquent, but he is not here for some wordy conversations - he enters the stage for playing guitar. There is a nimbus that accompanies him. Fairly hard to describe it - you submerge and enjoy his musical feats.
A true Blues gem.

I received thumbs up by Alex Schultz as soon as he sighted my Rolleiflex Automat.
It was time to play and time to depress the shutter release.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lydia Salnikova - She creates miracles.

Story and interview by Chris Koppers

Lydia Salnikova produces rapture galore. Once you have a fugitive glance at her portfolio and you instantly know: "gotta listen to it" feeling overwhelms you.

Lydia had some time to share somewhat for my humble person.

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Your first released solo album named ‘hallway’ was recorded in your home studio. What was your main motivation to do this?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kayleigh Leith - She touches your heart.

Story, photo, and interview by Chris Koppers

Kayleigh Leith, a Pittsburgh native, moved the Netherlands some years ago. Her mission? Getting started with a solo career as a singer/songwriter. Her debut album was mainly made within the legendary premises of the Cutting Room Studios in New York City.
Whenever you are in need of sensitive, heart-touching, contemporary-modern country music, Kayleigh is your choice - the one and only.