As #SuaraSmule has come to an end, we wanted to highlight the winning team, and the host Ilhma, as part of #BlackWaters as you can see on the new playlist #TeamBlackwaters in-app!
Blackwaters has been on Smule since the beginning and has actually been on of the FIRST parter artists nearly 4 years ago while being in the community over 5 years ago. He is an active member of one of the most well known Indonesian community group, SmuleNesians. He is almost at 100k followers on Smule and has his music up on iTunes! Let’s dive a little deeper with our friend, Ilham.
1) Describe your self in a few sentences (where are you from, hobbies, interests)
My name is ilham, everyone called me iam, I’m from jakarta Indonesia, businessman & musicians, i love reading fantasy books & scifi movies. Love everything about universe
2) What is your relationship with music?
So intense for me music is life, i play guitar & piano, song writer & lyricist, make music events & creative music activities.
3) Favorite part of #SuaraSmule?
Got to know lots of talented peeps, also got to see some senior smule users who still join the competitions, they’re still enjoying life on their 60’s. I wanna be like them
4) what can we expect with your music in the future?
Wait for my new singles
5) Any advice for musicians in the making?
Find your own style, be open mind with all genre’s and let your soul be your pilot
Smule User Spotlight: @BrigittaHardi
Brigitta is a member of Official Smule Indonesia and also SmuleNesians community, who just released her first single “Pesan Rahasia” (Secret Message). Check out the official video lyric below:
What is your name and your Smule ID?
My name is Brigitta and my Smule ID is brigittahardi
Where are you from?
I was raised in Palembang, Sumatera, Indonesia, and took a college time in Solo, Central Java, and then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, since 2008.
When did you start to use Smule app and what do you think about it?
I started using this app two years ago. I was just using Smule to sing because I love singing and Smule has so many good song choices. Also as a corporate “slave”, I need something to release the stress from the workload.
But then, it became more than just a karaoke app, because I met a lot of friends from this app through joining some Smule communities. From there, I started to build a network with many talented people who I know from Smule. In addition, I also use this app to work on my vocal by singing various songs from various genres. It also enrich my music references. I can say that Smule has help me to bring back my passion in music and singing.
Tell us about your first single “Pesan Rahasia”.
I wrote this song last year, in the middle of the night with ukulele in my hand. It’s not my first song actually, because I already wrote some before. But this song was seems special at that time and I think I should do something with this song. And then with my music partner (who also someone I met from Smule, Riana, we developed this song together with a music producer. I am so lucky to be able to cooperate with top and great musicians in Indonesia, such as Toma (Mocca Band) and Ivan (Payung Teduh Band) and also a sound engineer, Daniel Samarkand, who played role in Payung Teduh’s album Ruang Tunggu. It was a smooth process until this song was released in various digital stores.
Tell us the fun facts about you.
– I am Marvel big fan and my fave character is Dr. Strange!
– I am very influenced with jazz music from from 50’s era and Indonesian music from 80’s era.
– On my playlist right now: Esperanza Spalding and Lalah Hathaway.
– I was a member of Voca Erudita (University Choir) and won several national and international competitions with them. Such a great moments.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be and why?
I think I would be just who I am now with a little bit enhancement on the memory ability because I kind of forgetful. Just a simple power to help me remember where I park my car or put the key to make my life easier 😀
Is there anything you would like to add?
Music is something that I cannot leave, its like in my blood since I was born. My dad taught me hard when I was a kid: that I had to practice singing everyday because he believes in my potential. But when you grew up sometimes you forget what you really want to do in life and focus on other things. But there is no due date to realize that you still have that potential in you, and start making a new step in life is not a scary thing. Everyone has their own pace in life. Thanks to Smule and everyone I met on the journey of finding my passion again!
Smule Peru Community
We are glad to introduce the first Official Peruvian Community on Sing! Smule. A community of Peruvian friends for all Peruvians users in Smule. The main objective is to promote this amazing Karaoke App to all Peruvians around the world, so more people could enjoy singing their favorite songs with friends, family and even with Smule artists.
Meet new friends thru singing, take part in our enjoyable group songs, participate in the weekly “Smule Picks”, post your best performances and attend the community meetings in different places of the World. It doesn’t matter if you are in a different countries out of Peru or even if you have Peruvian roots, in the Community Smule Peru there is a place for everyone.
If you want to take part in the official community and meet Peruvian users from Smule, you could find us and contact us through our Smule Peru Facebook fan page and joining the Group.
Facebook Official Fan Page:
Facebook Official Group (Community Smule Peru):
Find us too on LINE, with these LINE ID: diegopaul92/@ssz2405w
Smule Peru Creators: Diego (@Paulizinho), Luis (@SD_Lucho), Letha (@Letha_DVC), Lea (@Lea_Rocca), Silvana (@_Silvanna_)
#LaJuanaPicksSoul Playlist with @Lajuanaylise
To celebrate our talented community, we decided to take it to the ones who knows it best – the community! Each month we will have a user to curate and feature talent and overall passionate singers and entertainers. We are happy to introducing Monthly User Picks Playlist!
How does it work?
Each month we take a user who excels in a category (Jazz, CosPlay, acoustic, instrumentals, accapella etc) and leave it to them to operate a playlist on our explore screen in the Sing! App.
We will be announcing the personality on the first day of new month and the playlist will be started the same day, so feel free to reach out to that personality if you have related performances you think deserved to be featured. It’s up to the personality on how often the playlist will be changed. We are expecting it to be rotated 2-4 times/month.
For the month of September, we are featuring @Lajuanaylise with some good soul tracks!
LaJuana is artistic to the core. As the mother of one adorable 5yr old boy, she struggles to find time for herself but when she does, she usually spends it creating. Whether it’s creating or joining an open call for the talented folks of Smule, decorating a cake, sewing or diy-ing.
Musically, she is a diverse artist who got her beginning singing in church choirs. Her sound is influenced by SWV, Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Monica, Alanis Morissette and classic jazz artists like Sara Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. As a singer/songwriter, creativity is something she has never lacked and her arrangements never seem too dull on color.
No matter the genre she tackles, she sings from her soul. Her main focus when performing a song has always been “Can people FEEL what I’m singing?” She believes that singers should convey the emotions that the lyrics intended. Soul music to her is music sung from and felt in ones soul…
Dream big, put yourself out there, and you never know who you’ll meet.
It’s not every day we get to tell a story like this one. Meet Liam, the talented 4-year-old who’s been taking Smule by storm:
Liam discovered his love for music at the ripe age of 2. When he’s not melting the hearts of the internet, Liam enjoys soccer, playing guitar, and rocking out to his favorite artists: Frank Sinatra, and Shawn Mendes.
Around 10 months ago during the #SingWithShawn event, Liam seized the moment & recorded this masterpiece:
The video swarmed social media, gaining millions of views, retweets, hearts & smiles. Guess who noticed?
HAHA i love this so much!!! I wish i could meet this guy! ❤️ https://t.co/YpHT6K2u6u
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) November 6, 2016
On August 11th, with the help of loving parents Luke and Monika, Liam made it happen. Backstage at a show in Toronto, Liam was face-to-face with his idol Shawn.
We love Liam’s story, because it shows that he had the courage to reach for the stars. What’s Liam’s advice to others? Put yourself out there, make something, never stop singing. Actually, he’s more articulate than we are, Let’s hear it from the man himself:
ROCK ON SMULEANS!
Super excited to have Jazzology as our Group spotlight. They are fairly new as a group, but nothing short of incredible – both visually and auditorily. Some of the best (of what we have seen) jazz musicians of Smule come together to perform live-like jazz. They give us an insight on their group and creating performances. Check it out below. Interview by Dave Olsen @ProducahMan and his team.
Give us a bio on our group
Jazzology is a group of 40 talented people from all over the globe that was started just over 3 months ago. It was founded by Daniel Hutchins (@PapaHutchins), Lonnie Wagonner (@Lonnie_ii_V_i) and myself (Dave Olsen @ProducahMan). We all met on Smule, singing and playing instruments on each others OCs. I was so excited to discover other jazz musicians here. Each of us had been experimenting with doing freestyle collabs playing instruments with some very talented singers and instrumentalists. When we started talking possibility of recording a full band with a horn section, we knew we had to do it! We have been blessed to have so many talented singers and musicians join us. We think there’s so much more that we can do musically with this idea and we’re excited to see where it goes.
What made you want to start a group using instruments on Smule (you don’t see it often)
The level of talent in the jazz community on Smule is truly mind boggling. There are some amazing jazz groups and there is a lot of cross pollination between members from the various groups. Jazz is improvisational at its core, so the people that gravitate to this music tend to be very creative types who enjoy mixing it up. For our Jazzology project, we were hoping to create the feeling of jamming inside a jazz club in NYC or Paris, except we’d be playing in cyberspace. It feels like a new frontier for improvisation.
Lonnie is from a small town in Indiana and Dan lives in a small town in the Texas Panhandle. So for them to meet up with other musicians to play jazz meant a lot of late night driving. Smule gave us the medium to play some great music with these all these talented cats from the comfort of our own homes. Dan even quit one of his bands to focus more time on this project.
We started by recording a couple of jazz classics, Route 66 and Embraceable You, using group video. The response to our first collabs from the community was really incredible! It seemed like we had touched a nerve with the concept.
What are some challenges you run into when you when making it? Can you describe the process in going through these performances?
We want to make our recordings sound as live as possible. Jazz is really meant to be enjoyed live. The group video Freestyle option in Smule works best for this. However, It’s tricky to record a full band in Freestyle. If you record instruments like drums at too high a volume, the vocalists have to record at an even higher input level just to be heard. This leads to a distorted sound and parts start to get lost. The key to getting a good balance is to start with rhythm section tracks recorded at low volume. I learned from trial and error that recording with No FX works best for piano, bass and drums and Polish FX often works best for guitar. Then we add the horns, always have to be careful to record at low volume with very little FX.
This trial and error process definitely takes time. I like to call it ‘Smengineering’ (Smule Engineering). One feature we would love to see Smule come out with someday soon is a to enable the user who opens the group collab to mix the volume levels of the different tracks before publishing it (like you would in a recording studio). I know a lot of folks using this app for group collabs would truly appreciate having a feature like that!
Anything interesting happen in the making or process of these videos?
We’ve learned something new from doing each of the videos. It’s a new experience for many people in the group to sing on video and not have the lyrics flashing across the screen. It’s much closer to the experience of performing live on stage.
Usually we start a track with myself at the piano and my friend Justin Snikkar on bass. Afterwards, we layer on drums, horns and vocals. We recently had the opportunity to work with two amazing Smule partner artists, Black Waters (@BlackWaters) from Indonesia and Melissa Adams (@_MellyRose_) from my hometown Toronto. We wanted to try something new for their songs so I enlisted my friend Adam Warner on drums. Having the trio of bass/drums/piano playing together really brought new energy and flow to the sound. It also made it easier to layer parts on top of it because the rhythm section was now on one track instead of spread across multiple tracks. For Melly’s original song Shy, she worked out these awesome harms with Michelle (@Quiynie) and Lizzy (@LiisaFrank) while the horn players and I worked out an arrangement to fit with what they were singing. It was truly a collaborative process. and one that I hope we can repeat again and again. It really feels like being in a band except that the band is spread out on all corners of the globe!
What can we expect in the future and do you accept requests? 😛
We absolutely do take requests! It doesn’t have to be only Jazz. We love playing many different styles of music.
We’ve got a bunch of exciting collabs planned with the group as well as some collabs with some fantastic guest vocalists. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but you will see some more familiar faces from the Smule community singing with us very soon! We are also hoping to make a full length recording of originals & some jazzy covers down the road and who knows, we may even get to play live together at a Smule meet up someday soon!
We started a new thing calling Jammin’ with Jazzology where we open OCs from the @Jazzology page on Smule with musicians from the group playing instruments. We got so many amazing joins to our first OC of Gershwin’s Summertime that we’re going to make that a regular thing. There’s been a few of the people joining wearing hats like the band too lol.
Please follow us on Smule so you get the notifications of OCs and see our latest songs!
We just wanted to say a huge thanks to Smule for providing such an awesome platform for collaborating and sharing music with a such an amazing community of music lovers!