Exclusive Artist Interview: Jeff Thill’s Sonic Descent

Emerging from the prominent Southern California music scene, multi-musician/producer and songwriter Jeff Thill has been an insatiably active artist in the market and has contributed his multifaceted skill sets to a slew of bands and projects since the 80s. Now in 2021, through many chapters of musical evolution and artistic manifestations, Thill has put together a project with an album of songs that are mind-blowingly versatile and futuristic; effectively named Sonic Descent. This 12-track juggernaut, titled ‘Full Throttle’, has been in the works over the past year and is about to unleash its first anchor single “Luna Tick.” With heavy anticipation in the air, we recently featured Sonic Descent in a recent article and have vowed to keep a close eye on the release until the album drops in its entirety. We’ve had the privilege of hearing the record from start to finish and can confidently say that Thill is definitely at the top of his game from all angles, integrating a nostalgically futuristic style that touches on several Rock eras ranging from the 80s/90s and mid-2000s all wrapped up into a modernized signature sound that balances equal parts originality and familiarity. So we got a chance to sit down with Jeff Thill for a comprehensive interview regarding his past, present, the near future and beyond.


How long have you been active under your current artist name?

I created Sonic Descent a year ago and have since written 12 songs. None of the songs have been released yet.

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

Are “Space Punk” and “Conspirapop” genres? Haha. My sound pulls heavily from 80’s pop/punk, synth-wave, ska, and surf.

What are some of your music influences?

Bands like Devo, Buzzcocks, Ramones, and Flock of Seagulls as well as ska influenced bands like The English Beat with a touch of Dick Dale thrown in for good measure.

•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career?

I was laid off from my day job and found myself with a ton of down time. Thankfully I discovered Fiverr and re-discovered my love of writing and recording music. It blew my mind that I could lay down the rhythm and vocal tracks, then easily collaborate with amazing musicians from all over the world to help bring my visions to life. Over the course of my 12 song adventure I worked with musicians from Los Angeles, Nashville, Poland, Russia, Finland, and Spain. Each song started in my head but soon became a truly organic experience that never ceased to amaze and excite me. The icing on the cake was finding an incredible mixing and mastering genius named Roman (ERMixing) who is signed with Warner Music in Poland. He gave my songs the retro vibe and punch I was looking for.

What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

As a former stand-up comic and lover of all-things science fiction, my music tends to incorporate high-concept themes. Almost like episodes of Black Mirror but with a touch of humor. I like to delve into fun conspiracy topics like bigfoot, UFO’s, hidden technologies and government secrets. In fact, the album was written as a 12 part “Space Opera” loosely connected by a mysterious, central figure who’s a time traveling, phase-shifting, spacefaring musician.

What’s in store for you in 2021? Give us the goods.

I plan to release a handful of singles leading up to the album entitled, “Full Throttle.” The first single, ‘Luna Tick’, releases on May 26th with pre-saves available now. In addition to releasing songs from Full Throttle, I’ll be shooting a series of music videos that let the listeners know exactly what the songs are about. Don’t you hate it when a music video seems to have nothing to do with the song? Me too. Of course, in-between all of that I’ll be writing new songs for the next album which will follow a similar release pattern in 2022.


Connect with Sonic Descent until the single/album releases:

•Official Website: http://www.SonicDescent.com

•Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/SonicDescent

•Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/sonicdescent

•YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqYlW-ZWGruBjlNyBQo-XRg

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Exclusive Artist Review: Natalis – “But God” & “Sin Duda” Singles

Bronx, NY’s Natalis is no stranger to the musical world. The crafty and versatile singer has appeared on albums with J. Cole, Kanye West and a slew of other industry heavyweights over the years, is a 2-time Grammy nominee and has multi-platinum status. She has built an insatiable name for herself and continues to thrive in the game with her hypnotic vocals and multifaceted image; raising the bar with every project she gives herself to. But on top of everything she has appeared on with other prominent artists, Natalis herself also has her own solo releases that truly give every listener a full visceral listening experience, allowing the world of music to get to know her much more exclusively. One of those releases is her most current album ‘Good Fridays’, a Christian, high spirited record with a brilliantly crafted R&B signature sound with a futuristically modern approach.

Released last month on April 2nd, ‘Good Fridays’ is a 7-song record that shines a spotlight on faith and spirituality in a way that truly encompasses the concept of a higher power and love for the Lord as something greater than ourselves. Produced by Mr. Foster and Davis Chris, the album’s opening track and first anchor single is “Sin Duda”, a hypnotically ambient track that plays out kind of like a dream sequence. This anthemic and atmospheric song really showcases Natalis’ visceral vocals and parallels the lyrical concept beautifully with the diligently-placed harmonies and spiritually crafty melodies. The song structure has a very modern aura with tastefully blended layers, ambient swells and brilliant touches of atmosphere; delivering a powerful track that captures a true essence of spirituality. Second single is “But God”, a much more rhythmic track with a dynamic beat structure that tastefully blends a classic R&B approach with textures of electronic and EDM sensibilities. Once again, we have another beautifully performed track with several crucial vocal harmonies and key melodies that really showcases Natalis’ range. It’s definitely a single that’ll entice any listener to dive deeper into her discography and definitely sets the tone for the rest of what this album offers. Her breed of R&B is very next-level and both of these tracks are direct evidence.

Both singles, as well as the rest of the ‘Good Fridays’ album, are available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Natalis is definitely not a singer to sleep on by any means and you’ll be more than happy you gave her a listen. It may be your first, but definitely won’t be your last.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Grafting The Vine – “Golden Gate” Album

The passion behind Grafting The Vine’s creative mind comes from a place of past adversity, trauma and a journey of tragedy to triumph. And this album proves that it’s also a place where some of the best art is created. After amassing critical acclaim from the artist’s debut effort, Grafting The Vine comes out swinging from every artistic direction on sophomore album ‘Golden Gate’, an 8-track juggernaut of instrumental anthems comprised of raw energy and emotions encompassing an authentically passionate signature sound.

Utilizing a progressive and heavy stylization that diligently combines crucial elements from several influential Rock eras, Grafting The Vine encapsulates an ambient and atmospheric aura that is effective and visceral – bringing together a dynamically unique sound that stands out from other artists of a similar calibre. Opening track “Otis Burning” serves up a clear and cohesive demonstration of this progressive style and truly introduces a crafty structure that sets the tone for the rest of the album’s duration. The track “Ushauri” is more rhythmic and in-your-face with distinctive low-end guitar progressions with hauntingly ominous leads. This track has a pounding rhythm section with intricately placed drum fills that cruise each measure into a dynamically transitional structure. The multi layered and multifaceted guitar parts are clear, concise and pay precise attention to detail in the overall execution.

“Alpha Romeo” is very symphonic and anthemic, delivering a wholesomely full sound that brings each distinctive measure to the forefront to shine a bright light on the artistic merit of this song. It’s like a deep and dark painting without leaving out any colors, even if there is an absence of brighter ones. Closing track “Dream Collective” ties the album together with a progressive presence that showcases the songwriting structures throughout each track. Overall, this diligently crafted prog-metal record acknowledges the essence of emotional creativity that is made apparent in every song. It emanates with raw passion and balances energy with subtlety in a way that is rarely heard in today’s modern music realm. While ‘Golden Gate’ has an anthemic and futuristic approach, you can still hear several clever elements from many previous Rock eras.

This album is a must-hear for anyone that wants to dive deep into musicianship factors and dynamically executed production value. It just released on May 1st and is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, BandCamp and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen – it’ll easily become one of your favorites for 2021.


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