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June 1, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Alan Wilder! (Viva Music Artist of the Month)

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Our Artist of the Month series goes on in June with Mr. Alan Wilder – coincidentally, Mr. Wilder celebrates his 52nd birthday on June 1st. While nobody can dispute the artistic quality of Alan Wilder’s 30-year activity, it is also clear from the word go that Alan Wilder, in his capacity of a classically trained musician, who actively works in both production and remixing, has a potential that amazes and will amaze. Alan Wilder is not only a musician, but also a visionary, with very clear and pertinent ideas about what the music business is, or rather, should be about.

A relevant and dominant piece in the Depeche Mode puzzle, Alan Wilder helped shaping up the Depeche Mode sound since 1982: and there are some who claim his intrepid sound is still resilient in the band’s current output, even if Alan Wilder declined before 2010 being in cahoots with the band with which he parted ways in 1995, mentioning lack of respect and acknowledgement as main reasons for his departure. Depeche Mode was looking in 1982 for ‘no timewasters’, and indeed, Alan Wilder proved to be up to the task – he did not waste anyone’s time and moved on when he felt his creativity was stifled by the band’s direction.

Alan Wilder’s time with Depeche Mode meant, retrospectively, two different things. Staying true to themselves, and standing the test of time, Wilder collaborated on durable titles from the band’s discography, most notably as a musician, arranger and producer. On the other hand, if we are to take Wilder’s own standpoint to its truest, it also meant the uneven, but strong enough concoction of his one-man Recoil. By 1986, when Recoil caught the attention of Mute Records boss Daniel Miller, Alan was still living the Depeche Mode dream, but found ways of artistic expression that he did not know how to fit into the band profile. Further on, and up to 1995, it became obvious to anyone following the phenomenon that Recoil is not just another side project, but an ascending repository of Wilder’s creativity – and he let himself follow that urge. [continue reading Artist of the Month on Viva Music’s site in English] [cititi sectiunea Artistul Lunii de pe site-ul Viva Music in limba romana]

May 17, 2011

Alpha Point: The name should tell you only witnessed the beginning

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Some encounters with artists bring us the unexpected discovery that the known geography of our scene is, to say the very least, incomplete. Viva Music’s Artist of the Month does not come from either Germany or Belgium, but from Moldova – less of a trampoline of electronic music, but nevertheless one that you should think of when mapping out your world. The reason? One man, Alexander ‘Rush’ Gladky, and his endeavors: in recent years, his name is often heard in connection to music projects, live performances, parties, covers, and remixes. This is why Viva Music chooses Alexander as our Artist of the Month – plus the fact that he is a very promising artist you should be looking out for.  [continue reading Viva Music Artist of the Month in English] [cititi sectiunea Artistul lunii de pe site-ul Viva Music in romana]

May 3, 2011

Viva Music Site Facelift!


VIVA MUSIC has the pleasure of announcing the launch of the new www.vivamusic.ro. Click!

Since 2008, VIVA MUSIC is the sole promoter of EBM, electro, dark, gothic, industrial, synth and aggrotech music in Romania. Because we believe that music is deeply inspirational and brings out the best of all people who listen to it, we dedicate our work to the promotion of best practices in the Romanian music industry.  (more…)

January 14, 2011

Ghost and Writer New Album Review – Out January 28

GHOST & WRITER is a project group devised by JIMMYJOE SNARK III, a man of multiple talents featured as VIVA MUSIC’s Artist of the Month in October 2010, and SEABOUND’s Frank Spinath – a killer combination that comes with a great concept album and good vibes. Prior to the album’s release, JIMMYJOE SNARK III confessed to VIVA MUSIC that “Shipwrecks” comes as a mirrored structure of 8 tracks and their remixes, with a Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde quality to it: “both Frank and I are involved in different bands and projects, so there are some elements we put in here and not there, maybe because that is not the right project for it, and in that sense, there is a Dr. Jeckyll aspect to how we behave”’. The album, to be released on January-28 by DEPENDENT RECORDS, benefits from the creative input of FRONT 242’s Daniel B.’s remastering, and is an enthusing listen, of great picturesque content and compels to multiple auditions.

The opening track, “From Hell” is a de profundis call that truncates a vibrant message that fails to pierce the gates of hell and burns on the way to its recipient. A great composition, “From Hell” (2nd rendition: IRIS), is a masterpiece that sets in motion the entire album, that recalls to a large extent the contemporary malaise of not being able to get your message across in a tangled web of communication the chaos of which spells out as sheer hell. “Hitman” (2nd rendition: FILE NOT FOUND) has a very danceable beat and reminds of a video game (incidentally, JIMMYJOE SNARK III is a video game music composer, too), but it is more than just a simple video game jingle, a fully fledged melody that comes with a compass for labyrinth of sound it produces.


December 27, 2010

Viva Music’s article on unique radio electro music show on Romanian national radio makes it to Top Stories in Arts and Entertainment on Paper.li

We have been so proud and happy since we started Viva Music in 2008, that words would fail even the most skilled writer. Here is a short review of some things we have done. Here is our facebook page where we post music and news from the electro world. We have almost 1,000 fans, and we are growing every day. We are also on Twitter, follow us for fun, news and the best electro music ever! www.vivamusic.ro, www.darkwave.ro and www.electronik.ro are our webtools and business cards. We have created a highly appreciated Artist of the Month section on Viva Music’s website that has been acclaimed both by the artists themselves and their fans.


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