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The Appetizer Radio Show reviews Rocket Science

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

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Dynamics Plus Explodes On Rocket Science

 

Rocket Science isn’t a straight hip-hop album. It’s isn’t a straight anything. The brilliance is that the rap style can cross borders and appeal to people who enjoy a little thought in their lyric…

 

Reviewed by D Grant Smith

What made Eminem stand out from his competition when he emerged in the underground was his more than just style. It was content, and the incredible ability to flow with intellectually crafted lyrics that challenged you to think in the middle of his rhyme. Just like when a great writer makes you go back again and again to the same line to discover more of what it meant. Dynamics Plus takes on this complexity with his new release Rocket Science.

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The style similarity is present from the opening track, but the music does more than Shady’s typical sound. Kicking things off on The Ultimate Year, a throw-back styled tune recalling the Fresh Prince with a little modification with a California-styled setting, there are brains and musical brawn packaged together.

This is notably due to Dynamics Plus being more than a standard lyricist or rapper. The talented producer is visibly articulate in representing his one-of-a-kind approach to rap and hip-hop, illustrated in his video series from the new release. Of the 9 Official videos, standouts include Sunrise to Sunset, Plenty To Say, and Taxi All Is Fare.

 

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ENTERTWINE Rising Artist Feature: Dynamics Plus

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Interview with Dynamics Plus on ENTERTWINE with Jacqueline Cassell

 

 

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Dynamics Plus: Phase Shifted and shifting gears

 

Hip Hop artist, Dynamics Plus and his recent album, “Rocket Science” has been making the rounds. Along with the raps and production, Dynamics Plus been crafting music videos that really spell out his message. We thought he caught a nice spin with his previous release, “Phase Shift,” but now his second video, for “Gear Lust,” is proving to be just as captivating. We sit down with this instrument collector and find out more about studio life and technology, and how the big music retailer Sam Ash got involved!

 

Entertwine: Could you tell us a bit about your musical background? What originally inspired you to create music?

Dynamics Plus: I think, like most, there was a moment when you loved music that spoke to you and you felt like you also had something to say that wasn’t being said. You keep asking How come no one ever…and eventually you see yourself as the person willing to try something new.

 

ET: How many albums have you released and how long have you been pursuing and living your dreams?

DP: If I count everything together, probably ten, but rap alone, maybe five. Well, the dream or dreams keep changing. At one point I wanted a record deal and I spent all my energy working on being viable. Then one day, after years of frustration, I just gave myself a record deal. Yep, I made a record label and signed myself. It was the most liberating thing I’ve ever done. I no longer had to worry about every little thing being catchy or how will this group or that group respond and I didn’t have to make music for imaginary suits. I didn’t even need to worry about commercial radio- I could rock out for the headphones!

That lead to me make whatever I wanted and people would hear my music and say “Oh, I don’t think labels would…” and I would answer with: Well, I only need one label and I already found one that digs me…mine.

 

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The Rocket Science album is available on all digital and physical copies can be purchased here.

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dynamic-universe-vol.-9-rocket/id899521905

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dynamics-Plus/112125078834120

Follow Dynamics Plus:

http://www.thedynamicuniverse.com/

https://dynamicsplus.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/DynamicaMusic

And his interests:

http://markofthegriffin.com/

http://www.reverbnation.com/falloutsheltermusic

Dynamics Plus -Exclusive Music and Life interview with Lee Caruso

Exclusive Music and Life interview with Lee Caruso. It’s a Fallout Shelter start when producer Dynamics Plus chops it up over the latest release Elevator Music Volume III Going Down. We mind the music and more in this Q/A.

 

Dynamics Plus in studio

Fall out in the Fallout

 

Do you think that producers like Dj Premier, Dr Dre, RZA, Pete Rock etc. influenced you to make the decision to release an all instrumental album?

 

No. I knew of PeteStrumentals from seeing ADs about it, but haven’t been following anyone else. I think it’s a good idea to have an outlet for your productions aside from the narrow lane of backing music for rappers.

 

What was your biggest setback in becoming a musician?

 

It took a long time to discover that many ‘sounds’ are a product of playing technique and not generated solely by an instrument’s tonal character. It’s something close to an articulation where the interaction of notes, timing and velocity create a sonic moment that is impossible to create otherwise.

 

How does studio engineering play a role in getting the desired sound that all of us musicians have inside our heads but have trouble reproducing?

 

It’s about knowing the How behind a sound and the tools that are needed to achieve it. You can be looking for a massive drum sound and keep asking for more bass, EQ and compression. An engineer might know it’s really distortion you’re after. Or if you’re trying to get a certain character you hear on an older record – it might come from the tape saturation. A solid engineer can help translate what you describe into a process and help get you there.

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your craft? How long does it usually take you to complete a song- Is it ever really finished by the time the release date comes?

 

The release date is usually what causes me to stop tinkering. You can noodle and keep adding things forever. Sometimes I listen and I want something happening every split second and other times I have that patience for repetition and let a groove run. Every song is different. Some records have taken years to realize. “Gear Lust” was written and rewritten a dozen times but then “Dominator Brainstorm” was almost a freestyle keeper.

Fallout Shelter Going Down album cover

Going Down is getting up

Do you generally do crate digging for vinyls or do you use digital software based models to come up with your sound?

 

I haven’t done any digging in years- although I have a pretty solid collection. I like hardware manipulated by software. Software affords so many advantages, but if I slide too deep in that programming direction, I begin to feel like my songs are an arrangement of sounds and not a recording of performances.

 

What kind of gear do you use- headphones, speakers, DAW, Plug-ins, compressors, EQs etc.

I keep it pretty simple. I like to work in pure audio. I like to see my recording. I reserve MIDI for inter-communication between pieces, but rarely for triggering a sequence or controlling my song.

 

What do you think of the concept of sampling? Do you think it is fair use if utilized in small increments of straight up stealing of someone else’s intellectual property?

That all depends on how it’s done. Sampling approaches the same level of thievery as copying someone’s chord progression, technique and stylistic tendencies. Just because you’re playing an instrument doesn’t mean you aren’t building off another artist’s work. How much- decides how thick the lines are between creativity, inspiration and mimicry.

 

What music do you listen to other than hip hop?

Well to be honest, I don’t listen to too much hip hop. I have a very wide playlist with just about everything on it- from cheesy 80s music to Funk to Classical to Calypso. I have fight music from video games and I record the audio from my favorite scenes in movies.

 

What was the best concert you have been to and why?

I’d say KRS One at Stony Brook University. It was my first time experiencing an artist at that level live. He was more than a rap star rapping his records. I felt like I took a trip and thought about music differently after that. Up until then, I was primarily experiencing music through recordings so when I made songs, I thought about the radio as the main delivery medium. Seeing songs in a live context opened up new ideas and avenues.

 

How is the music industry changing and how are artists able to get their music out into the open without the help of huge labels like Warner, Universal, and Sony?

The big change is labels wanting you to self-start your career. You need to get yourself out the gate. No one is looking to create or develop you; they are looking to discover you – already walking down that dusty road. The dilemma is, by the time they tell you ‘hop in’ you really don’t need that lift anymore. The ride is more about arriving in style at that point. Everyone has the media now: songs, videos, social profiles and band pages. The tougher part is getting people to care and that still requires a massive effort by the artist.

 

Rocket Science album cover

Blast Off!

Why do you do this- why is music such a passion of yours?

I don’t know anything else that makes me feel this way. There’s a moment of childish giddy when I listen to some things that I make. I rewind it over and over and over again. There’s a beautiful moment of disconnect where I don’t hear elements or see a sequencer rolling by, it’s just a musical experience at that point.

 

Who is part of your team- do you have lawyers, managers, agents, accountants, engineers, producers etc. If you want to do something big in the music biz you are going to need an army.

We move more like a specialized unit. The world isn’t about fighting wars against a stand up army anymore. It’s covert operations and small units. Why do I need to do something big? If you think about the most peaceful places to live and be in the world, those nations don’t have armies. I don’t need a room full of people scheming on your sensibilities to do what I do.

 

What do you think of hip hop music today? Do you think the best stuff is on the TV and radio?

Loaded question, but okay. You know what goes here.

 

Do you have any passion projects?

Yeah, anything story based. CHAOS Legion and Battlestrux. There’s a bunch of that material that I know is catering to a small segment of music listeners.

 

What are you most proud of as a musician?

I would say my catalog. I like being self sufficient.

 

What kind of student were you growing up?

Stronger in English and anything dealing with writing. I leaned that way, right from the start.

 

If you had one last meal before you died, what would it be?

Some kind of salad with toxic herbs- enough to fake my death and later escape, after waking up in the morgue.

 

How busy are you generally when it comes to music- do you still have time to socialize and have family time?

Everyone that knows me understands how important music is. If you’re around me, you’ve been involved with my music in some capacity. That’s the connecting point.

 

What was the first 16 you ever wrote? Can you spit it right now?

I know a few bars from it, but not the whole thing. And it’s pretty terrible except for the few bars I barely remember. Some things are best left buried and forgotten.

 

Who do you think holds the torch of hip hop right now and who used to? This doesn’t necessarily have to be subjective.

Yeah, I don’t know. That’s insider fan stuff and I honestly don’t consider myself a knowledgeable follower and haven’t been for a long time. I know so little about who’s doing what, I couldn’t even name an accurate top ten of anything. We’d have to go way, way back.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Doing whatever I would want to be doing. I only say that because I can look back 5 years a few times now. And that’s basically what I’m doing so I figure that won’t change. It’s like me from the future showing up now and giving myself advice. It would be the same advice each time: Find that thing you want to do and do it 100%.

 

 

 

What was the worst job you ever had?

I won’t name it, but I can describe it. It wasn’t enough money to better my situation. The length of time I did it was not adding up to useful experience. And the job itself wasn’t helping humanity in any way possible and as an employee, I was not appreciated. And last, there was no future or better days or advancement to look forward to or build toward. It made no difference if I was the best worker or worst.

 

If you can look at most situations with that same scrutiny, you’ll find a lot of decisions are pretty easy to make. Man, thank you for taking the time to chop it up like this. I appreciate it.

 

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Fallout Shelter Elevator Music Volume III Going Down is available on iTunes and other digital outlets

Rocket Science is out now and available on iTunes and other digital outlets

You can watch the video for the lead single “Phase Shift” on You Tube.

http://www.thedynamicuniverse.com/

 

 

 

New video Dynamics Plus “Gear Lust”

Gear Lust:

To have an intense desire for equipment,

usually beyond any logical need of the musician.

 

 

Let’s face it, I spend an inordinate amount of time at Sam Ash. Let’s rewind. It was years ago, but still feels like yesterday. I am circling the keyboard area and waiting for the pro audio rep to be free. He tells me hold on a second as he finishes up with the previous customer. See, I have a wad of cash in an envelope, in my pocket and I know this is a pivotal moment. Up till then, I’ve been using an old AKAI S- series sampler and now I’m about to buy a brand new Ensoniq ASR-10. It’s a workstation sampler and in my mind, the purchase represents crossing a line that now means I’m serious. Yes, that’s the “big box carried out” , but if you know the ASR-10, you aint carrying that thing under one arm like I am in the video.

 

Over the years, I’ve met many friends and musicians at Sam Ash. From producer Nate Tinsley to Jen to Anthony Michael Angelo, who plays guitar on “Dash the Cloud”. Sam Ash is an incredible place to meet, greet, jam and of course buy gear. So it only made sense to ask Sam Ash (Huntington) to sponsor my video for “Gear Lust”. A super thank you for supporting Dynamics Plus and his Rocket Science album. Of course Jen does a cameo along with David Weintraub from the bands Terra Stigma and Olive Drabs. Thanks, although he had a little too much fun cutting up my credit card.

Enjoy the video.

 

GEAR LUST

 

I’m at Sam Ash, a credit card in a flash

a Little stash of spending cash soon as the salesman asks.

ASR in my grasp, I cashed out, did the dash

ran out , credit maxed out, big box carried out.

First beat blacked out and since seen the seeds sown

I’d seek to own a whole studio and

compose in a grove where fungus grows

and go all out in my Fallout where

time goes in reverse. I’m so immersed in a verse

and reawakened to when first taken by the Gear Lust thirst

 

And then the MPC became the MCP

Master Control Program over quantized beats

Dispatch EMTs this patch bay EMP

Radioactive fallout rays irradiate Rom Tray

It’s the space knight Rom-pler verse the titan

Triton, astride a tide with his trident: silver surf board

I’m Jean Luc Infected by the Borg.

My foresight affords me more Cause to amplify chords

and multiply Scores. I’m tied to the MicroKorg;

It’s an applied optical force

brought forth from the visors of Geordie LaForge.

less is more, none the less I’m poor,

even when blood

pours from my pores

I’m still at the store with more gear in store.

 

The baby plays in his playpen, the Rob Papen presets

sits and assists in the banks of the A6.

It’s the basics of a spaceship, in an Analog grip.

Equipped with digital chips, conducting experiments

Rocket Science cast-iron Black Lion.

Galaxy Alliance – LFO descends like a UFO

Pro Tools to edit in Audition, extra exhibition.

I’m Roy Orbison with X-Ray vision, visit my Solar System.

I’m a Projector wiz with the AV with the JP and the JD

and the JV all Roland into One Super Friends/ Justice League

Greed’s the engine to feed, plus it’s the rush of the gear lust.

 

On Craigslist I can’t resist the endless list of

equipment and musical instruments.

Told my wife that I need this.

She said “Get your Focusrite

It’s a sounbank that amounts,

a new track to bounce, a few checks bounce,

a new age pronounced, the old sounds drowned out.

Moving the crowd, Removing any doubts

setting up my debit accounts, my debt mounts.

I moved out, first record comes out.

Credit runs out, few fans ran out.

Shout outs, shots rang out.

CD sales count and I surmount.

insert a new serving; this my new album announced.

Rush my Rocket Science – a crush is a crutch,

and hear the bust – down for the count from the Gear Lust

 

 

Chorus

Closed Captioned a bust, so close to the clutch

 

It’s Technique over touch- so close to Gear Lust

 

It’s at most a Rush, a new plug is a plus

 

As it grows so Composed In the throes of the Gear Lust

 

Closed Captioned a bust, so close to the clutch

 

It’s Technique over touch- when so close to Gear Lust

 

 

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Rocket Science is out now and available on iTunes and other digital outlets

You can watch the video for the lead single “Phase Shift” on You Tube.

http://www.thedynamicuniverse.com/

 

Album Review More More Sound Dynamics Plus – Rocket Science

Dynamic Plus – Rocket Science review by

More More Sound

words by LaserLife

This is one of the most exciting independent rap releases I had to chance to hear over the past few months!

 

It always baffles me a little when I hear people referring to electronic music as an actual genre. Sure, there are many genres that were made possible by the sounds, production trends and approach of electronic music, but I personally tend to look at the whole deal behind electronic music more like a way to compose than as an actual music genre.

While a part of me will never deny the love for the good old analog day; the blood on my guitar strings and some worn out drum skins, another part of me can’t help but being truly fascinated about the wonders of the digital age. Electronic music composers can tweak, manipulate and arrange audio in ways that are only limited by one’s imagination. From EDM to glitch or electro-rock, there are many incredible examples of people using electronic music to push the envelope and truly make a difference when it comes to his creative approach.

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Rocket Science gives more, more sound..

This is definitely the case of  Dynamic Plus, an act with a truly unique approach to music production. His album “Rocket Science” is absolutely impressive because of its genre defying attitude and eclectic approach. The songs are really direct, immediate and easy to relate to, in spite of the great variety of sounds. This is a truly great blend of hip-hop with lots of diverse influences, ranging from the old school to the new ones. When I listen to the  18 songs featured within the track list I am immediately reminded of the style of pioneering artists the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def or The Beasty Boys, but the songs also echo modern-day greats such as Jay Z, Kanye West or Drake, just to name a few.

The coolest thing about this release is that the songs have a really cool spontaneous vibe, almost like listening to a very, very good freestyle.

Don’t miss “Rocket Science” ! This is one of the most exciting independent rap releases I had to chance to hear over the past few months!

 

Source: http://moremoresound.tumblr.com/post/95546877206/dynamic-plus-rocket-science-it-always-baffles

 

Rocket Science is out now and available on iTunes and other digital outlets

You can watch the video for the lead single “Phase Shift” on You Tube.

http://www.thedynamicuniverse.com/

 

Music Review Dynamics Plus Rocket Science – BeachSloth music reviews

Rocket Science is Beached…

 

                           but not Bleached MUSIC REVIEW

Dynamics Plus – DUV 9 Rocket Science

Rocket Science album cover

 

“…the amount of emotional familiarity veers from outright celebratory to moody darker sections. Everything comes together to create quite a human album. “

 

Dynamics Plus’s “DUV 9 Rocket Science” has a vast variety of styles. From quiet shadowy tracks to outright dance tracks and everything in between, Dynamics Plus includes it all. Such a selection means that the album moves along with a sense of purpose. Hence the amount of emotional familiarity veers from outright celebratory to moody darker sections. Everything comes together to create quite a human album.

“Rocket Science Intro Esper Wish” starts the collection off with an atmospheric sleepy track. Volume increases significantly on “Phase Shift” as it is nearly shouted like they are slowly building off of each other’s energy. On “Hug the Pole” the sound is downright glamorous kept pristine clean. This mood continues on “A Perfect Night A Perfect World” which glides along lusciously. “Turn It Up a Few Degrees” is the party track of the collection with everything made as intense as possible. After a brief interlude an Akufen-inspired track follows entitled “Dominator Brainstorm” which serves as one of the highlights of the collection. Eventually this dance-focus slows down on “Grace Notes” inspired more by videogame music than dance. Finally a cool-down happens on “Taxi All is Fair” that lets everything finally relax.

Elements of rock influence permeate the latter tracks. “Dash the Cloud” is particularly catchy with a nice hook that sinks into the mind. This continues with the optimistic slowness of “Sunrise to Sunset”, another highlight of the collection. “The Ultimate Year” ends off the collection on a high note. Overall Dynamic Plus creates a solid experience.

 

Source: http://beachsloth.blogspot.com/2014/07/dynamics-plus-duv-9-rocket-science.html

 

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Interview with Domino Grey – Dance or Move In Natural Order Domino Grey Middle Tennessee Music

Middle Tennessee Music interview with Domino grey

Source: http://www.midtnmusic.com/interview-with-domino-grey-dance-or-move-in-natural-order/

Domino Grey = Dance or Move In Natural Order Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself

Domino Grey sat down to talk to us about his influences, the many aliases he releases music under, and his new masterpiece, Butterfly Affect Part 1: Facial Recognition Technology.

Domino Grey album Cover Butterfly Affect Part I

The Butterfly flies

I understand the concept of fake it till you make it, but I think a lot of us are sliding towards the faking it becoming all that it’s about. —Domino Grey

Let’s break the ice. Who are you? Where are you from? What style of music do you create?

Domino Grey is a New York music producer who creates under several aliases, across multiple genres. His influences range from Electronica to Hip Hop.

Domino Grey is a really dope acronym (Dance or Move In Natural Order Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself). What inspired it?

That’s the nerd-scientist in me. Everything has to stand for something and have meaning. My Domino is about inter-locking styles and elements like you would see playing the game Dominos. The greyness relates to an inexact approach. I slide around somewhere between all the rules and music formulas. I try and make that my approach to life too. Most people call this balance in all things.

Your music has this depth to it that is hard to explain. What inspires your creation process? What other music do you listen to or draw inspiration from?

I love science, science fiction, experimentation and exploration. I love movie soundtracks- where the music and sound effects merge into one. That’s done in movies like Blade Runner, Star Trek and even Apocalypse Now. Also, I like when music tells a story. Anything epic and grand will inspire me.

Read more at http://www.midtnmusic.com/interview-with-domino-grey-dance-or-move-in-natural-order/#LoGivrTQOgs4hp4b.99

http://www.DominoGrey.com

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Mid Tenn Listens Podcast 21

Mid Tenn Listens Podcast 21

Added on 03/07/2013 THIS JUST IN:  Mid Tenn Listens Podcast 21 http://www.midtnmusic.com/mid-tenn-listens-podcast-21/

Mammothor, Jamie Block, BudaRest, Harold Honey, and Domino Grey all on today’s episode.

Playlist

  1. Primal Things and the Beating of Wings by Domino Grey
  2. Gong Bonzer by Mammathor
  3. B.A. Man by Jamie Block
  4. Too Much To Remember by BudaRest
  5. Paradise Club by Harold Honey