As early as Costa Damoulianos began to learn the letters of the alphabet he was learning the notes of the piano. At the age of twelve, he strived for a broader awareness of music and turned to the bass guitar and drums which eventually led to the discovery of his talent for playing guitar and singing. When Costa turned 17 he began his professional music career and attended Vanier Music School to learn jazz guitar.
However, the most crucial moment of his early adolescence was the day that his father introduced him to a tape mixer, this was the day when Costa first found his love for mixing and producing music. Multi instrumental curiosity led him to technologically advance in what he believes to be one of today’s most interesting musical techniques; electronic composition.
Costa takes influence from various styles of music such as Pink Floyd, Ott, Shpongle, Jeff Martin, Dream Theater, Argaman, Rush, Hans Zimmer, Pain of Salvation, Yanni, Devin Townsend and Koji Kondo. His love for music continued to expand and develop and he increasingly devoted his time towards a progressive direction, introducing Zoungla.
Thriving for balance, Costa paints Zoungla using ethnic sounds of the past with futuristic electronic tones, extremes from silly to sad, dark to bright, calm to intense and serious to fun.
Hans Zimmer, Shpongle, Pink Floyd, Ott, Jeff Martin, Dream Theater, Argaman, Devin Townsend, Globular, Aura, Blutech, Ozric Tentacles
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Sunshine & Bullets is our band of the day, they were originally formed in 2010 in Tampa, FL as a power trio with the goal to create a large dynamic sound out of only 3 members, with both male and female vocals. They developed their unusual blend of rock music and started booking shows, building a cult following in various cities across the U.S. and made friends around the world. Rich Keane Jr. earned the nickname “Ginger Loko” for his red hair and wild stage antics such as playing his guitar on the floor like a piano and throwing it up in the air and catching it in time to finish a riff.
They recorded and released the album Triangulum Mechanism in 2014. The single “…go” from the album was reviewed by Bubba the Love Sponge on a Nationally Syndicated FM program, and he said, “I find your band one of the most brilliant bands I heard in 28 years of radio.” The music on that album ranges from dark and heavy to peaceful and ambient, with Rich Keane Jr. and Amanda Hamers both singing lead, giving them comparisons to Evanescence, Linkin Park, Chevelle, A Perfect Circle, and others.
Shortly after releasing Triangulum Mechanism, they experimented with lineup changes. Amanda Hamers started playing the 7 string guitar, and they added Sam Brown on bass to become a 4-piece. After six months, Brown left the band to pursue other endeavors. They auditioned Chandler Cornell and he was with the band for a year and a half until he also decided to part ways with them. Both Brown and Cornell remain friends with S&B, but the original trio took this as a sign that they need to be a 3-piece, so instead of auditioning for a new bass player, they went back to their roots and Hamers picked up the bass again with renewed passion, and Keane took over the 7-string.
Almost immediately, the band started writing and recording new material. The music on The Centauri Conspiracies: Part 1 – The Awakening is heavier, darker, and bigger sounding than before. They wanted real, raw emotions to shine through with intensity, because what good is listening to music if you can’t “feel” it? They incorporated elements of pop, hard rock, and metal into these tracks, experimenting with the extreme limits of each of their instruments and voices.
The Centauri Conspiracies: Part 1 – The Awakening is the 6 song EP to preview what is to come with the release of the full album. Like Triangulum Mechanism, it is a concept album. This time, instead of focusing on going through life’s tough moments on a personal level, they switched to a wider view: the world.
The world has never been as interconnected, and although it seems that we have the access and ability to stay informed of what’s going on around us, we can never truly be sure of large-scale motives and intentions. Unfortunately, we live in interesting times, and that’s usually not a good thing.
The band hopes to raise awareness of the different kinds of distractions that we humans face in the world today. However, instead of condemning mankind into oblivion, the band wants people to use their passions to constructively inspire them to keep the peace between each other. Despite all the acts of hatred in the world, there is still hope for humanity… and we need to hold on to that hope with everything we got.
Sunshine & Bullets have started working on Part 2 of The Centauri Conspiracies
The Band Are
Amanda Hamers: Vocals & Bass
Rich Keane Jr: Vocals and Guitar
Kyle Wolfram: Drums
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3rd Ear Experience was formed by AmritaKripa and Robbi Robb as a means of documenting and sharing their experimental psychedelic space jams held at various locations in the Mojave Desert including a variety of musicians
Robbi Robbi, Amritakripa, Alan Dude Swanson, Richard Stuverud, Dino Archon, Dug Pinnick, Eric Ryan, Joey Vera, Butch Reynolds, Jorge Bassman
“Stoner rock meets space rock meets world music.”
– Music Street Journal
3rd Ear Experience a self-styled desert space rock band was formed in 2012 in Joshua Tree. In the spirit of Miles Davis’ bitches brew the band built a remote studio in the legendary Furstwurld art gallery where they improvised and recorded for three days. From The fruits of these jams came their first album, Peacock Black. International Press immediately recognized the great potential in this project and the album was praised as a welcome addition to the genre and a “must own” for the rock fans album collection.
“Peacock Black is a must for any fan of the Prog rock music scene and seems to propel them to the forefront of the genre.”
– Firebrand Magazine
2013 saw the release of BOI a loosely based concept album, reminiscent of A Man Who Fell to Earth (Bowie), and a Stranger in a Strange Land where the listener is transported into space to look back and contemplate the plight of human nature. BOI was highly praised by rock journalists worldwide coming in at #18 on the year’s best albums in the Eclipsed Magazine’s top 100. The year’s highlight for the band members was opening up for stoner rock group the Truck Fighters from Sweden on the California leg of their US tour.
“This is energetic and powerful like all good space rock.”
– Gary Hill MSJ
2014 saw the band return to the art gallery to record a series of musical pieces that had begun to form during a long summer of jams, space rock parties and music festivals in the hi Mojave desert. In September of the same year, their third album Incredible Good fortune took the space rock world by storm landing in the top ten positions of various notable blogs, charts and prominent magazines across the world. Incredible Good Fortune also garnered a lot of radio play on dedicated online radio stations in the USA and Europe.
“Space rock at its best – powerful and expressive.”
From the get-go, it is clear these are excellent musicians on top of their game, rebellious and unafraid. The excellence of music speaks for itself, attracting distributors and music outlets worldwide including a vinyl deal with Space rock Productions. Above all, it is remarkable to note that the band is self-sufficient, apart from handling the recording, mixing, mastering, and engineering, they also handle their own booking in America and marketing worldwide. For this alone, the band can be highly commended. The momentum 3rd Ear experience created in 3 years together is indeed praiseworthy. The band is now ready to move to the next level, which based on their enormous success so far – is obvious what that means.
“3rd Ear Experience reaches beyond the customary rock and jam band stratum. At times defined as space rock or experimental rock, listeners are finding there really is no limit to the band’s horizons.”