12 of these songs were made in the month of February because my friend and co-conspirator, Mark Winslett, was participating in RPMchallenge.com’s record production month. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I play guitar on Sunny Day and sing lyrics stolen form Ric Williams on Fear. I guess really there’s only one thing anyone can say now: boom platinum.
In 2008 my band Zé Dos Frangos existed in Slovakia with the then drummer, Mustafa. Remember the song Feel My Mustafa? That’s him! He has started a new band and released a new album. On that album is a song that my brother and I recorded in 2007 called Stars Are Memory. It uses some great lyrics from Ric Williams. If you happen to be in Slovakia, there is an album release party at Nu Spirit on the 26th of January. Check out their PR below, which includes links to video and music.
Slovak singer and actor Tomas Palonder known from the funk rock band “Love 4 Money” has a brand new, ambicious band called “Bruno Benetton Free Band”. They released the debut CD “The Phenomenons of Pop” few days ago on the CCL label. The BBFB MUSIC also got the care of it. Official release party will be held in the capital of Slovak Republic, Bratislava, at the Nu Spirit Club in 26 january 2011.
“The work on the cd took 3 years and now when it´s done, we are excited to see the reactions of the audience”, said Tomas Palonder, the lead singer. After the release party Bruno Benetton Free Band is going to tour throughout the Slovak Republic and will also do some gigs in Europe. The dates will be announced on their myspace web pages.
Except the live performances, Bruno Benetton Free Band is working hard on the second album. “The new stuff is already 90 percent complete, we are doing our best to find the face for the sound and make a progress” says the singer. The band has 7 members: Tomas Palonder (lead vocal), Mustafa (guitar, back vocal), Krizo (piano, back vocal), Juraj Varga (bass, back vocal), Michal Danielis (keys, machines), Michal Ulicny (drums), Marek Hradsky (solo guitar).
The idea of making a band was born in 2006 by Mustafa and Krizo. They started doing a new material for their solo project, and after two years they met Tomas Palonder and the band became real. They released a song “You´re my mate” in November and it will be aired on various national radio stations. This single will also be released on the T-Mobile contest CD compilation as they won the song contest organised by T-Mobile corporation.
Live video: YouTube
Slovenský spevák Tomáš Palonder známy najmä z formácie Love 4 Money a mnohých hereckých vystúpení, prichádza na slovenskú hudobnú scénu s úplne novou ambicióznou kapelou Bruno Benetton Free Band, tejto formácii vyšiel 10. novembra debutový album s názvom The Phenomenons of Pop pod záštitou značiek CCL a BBFB MUSIC.
Oficiálny krst sa odohrá 26 januára v bratislavskom Nu Spirit Clube na Šafárikovom námestí. “Album zrel viac než tri roky, teraz sa môžeme publiku konečne predviesť naživo” uviedol spevák kapely Palonder. Po premiérovom vystúpení v slovenskej metropole chystajú Bruno Benetton Free Band turné po Slovensku a vystúpenia na letných festivaloch aj v iných štátoch EU. Fanúšikov o vystúpeniach budú informovať prostredníctvom médií i oficiálnej myspace stránky.
Okrem živých vystúpení však kapela chystá hneď druhý štúdiový album. “Nový materiál je na 90 percent hotový. Nahrávku majú v pláne vydať v roku 2011.” Skupina má sedem členov. Okrem speváka Palondera sú to: Mustafa (gitara,vokál), Križo (piano,vokál), Michal Uličný (bicie nástroje), Michal Danielis (klávesy a moduly), Juraj Varga (basgitara, vokál) a Marek Hradský (sólová gitara).
Kapela Bruno Benetton Free Band vznikla v roku 2008 v Bratislave. Zakladateľom bol Mustafa, ktorý po spojení sa s Križom začal pracovať na spoločnej tvorbe po stránke aranžérskej, textovej a dodnes kapelu produkuje. Čoskoro po príchode Tomáša Palondera, ktorý sa stal členom skoro dva roky po vzniku projektu, bola kapela kompletná. Prvým singlom kapely sa stala skladba You are my mate, ktorá vyhrala popovú sútaž T-Music City v novembri 2010 a ktorú ste už mali možnosť počuť na Rádiu_FM.
Live video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyOy_hG7bjk
Recenzia CD: http://hudba.zoznam.sk/recenzie/2010-12-01-bruno-benetton-free-band-the-phenomenons-of-pop
Manager: [email protected]
NOTE: In an effort to deflect any legal action unnecessarily taken against me I have changed the band name in this article to PartyMix. Any likeness to any artist or person, except myself, is a pure coincidence.
I work with the Portuguese band PartyMix. I started a Facebook group in response to their online content being systematically removed following aggressive trademark infringement complaints from the Italian band Party Mix. The group is open. Anyone can join to weigh in on the debate, share stories, rant, rave, etc. The group is named after the Abrams Image book by Bart Bull.
I posted two discussion topics:
- PartyMix vs. Party Mix – Band name as trademark
- Every Band Name Is Taken
PartyMix vs. Party Mix – Band name as trademark
Should a band name dictate control of all web content?
I have a personal connection with the Portuguese PartyMix created by Francesco Russo. I recorded his self-titled album and helped with his first music videos. One of these videos I uploaded myself to YouTube and Vimeo. Imagine my surprise when, earlier this year, I received a notice from both sites explaining that my videos would be taken down because of complaints of copyright infringement by another Party Mix from another country. I submitted the required forms. The videos remain down. The PartyMix Myspace page has also been removed.
My question is: Should a band name dictate control of all web content?
I understand the importance of trade marking and musicians should treat their band like a business, but is PartyMix really cutting into the global profits of PartyMix? Is this sort of aggressive territorial activity really necessary? I happen to like both bands. Their music is highly contrasting and probably has few common fans. Should one be forced to change its name and risk loosing a chuck of the business they worked so hard to build up? My feeling is that both bands should focus more on growing their local fan base and less on online territorial battles.
People are going to keep starting bands and as the world gets smaller they will bump into each other more often. So here’s to a peaceful coexistence and the enhanced entertainment of us all.
Every Band Name Is Taken
How many bands do you think exist called The Outsiders? We’ve all had the experience of searching for a band on MySpace to discover that there are several hundred versions and variations of the same. This year The Wall Street Journal publish an article called, From ABBA to ZZ Top, All the Good Band Names Are Taken by John Jurgensen.
“Every other name is taken,” Mr. Jones explains. “Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.”
Many a musician has encountered this problem. You work hard to start a band, write music, and rehearse later to find out that the name behind your creation has been taken already. There are various methods for researching names, but not all are documented and some people are just careless. If your doppelganger is a tiny unknown group in Slovakia, who cares, but a well-known active band in your area might not want to share.
My first band in high school was -IX (Negative Nine). Later we found out about another band called Minus Nine. Whoops. My next band was Sang-Froid. There are at least two other bands with that name in the world. I started to get more creative by using foreign languages and eventually settled on Zé Dos Frangos. There are plenty of restaurants with this name, but show me someone else who wants a band with such a crazy name!?
There are plenty of stories out there of mistaken originality. Share yours!
Since this post the story has continued. The Italian Party Mix artist has taken action that has resulted in the Facebook group being removed as well as the PartyMix website. I find these events entirely confusing and fascinating. Hardly anyone reads by blog, and yet, I’m on the run. The following is their letter to me
Hello Sir. Nathan Lively,
this is the second time I write to you in reference to my artistic name and registered trademark “Party Mix”.
You must know that from February 2, 2011 I complained to the State Police – Department of State Police and Communications here in Milan for Lombardy against Francesco Russo for his unlawful use of my trademark Party Mix and for the crimes of aggravated defamation of my person Adriana Ricci . For all above reasons I require as once to you for the cancellation of your unauthorized PartyMix’s blog published in your website at the following URL: http://www.nathanlively.com/category/trademark full of untruths and slander about the origins of my artistic name and registered trademark.
Please stop to use the name Party Mix also in his variants Party Mix / PartyMix/ PARTYMIX. in reference to me and in reference to Francesco Russo (and any tag in photo you made using my name) from your website with the purpose to get visibility in the web.
I reserve the right to take against anyone will support all the unlawful conduct built by Francesco Russo every necessary step, even to the court, to protect my rights and compensation for damage.
Adriana Ricci aka Party Mix
and my response.
Dear Ms. Ricci,
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. First of all, my blog is the least of your worries. I have very few readers and almost zero from Italy. Take a look at my google analytics for last month:
As you can see, there have only been two visitors from Italy. One of theme must be you and the other is a first time visitor who only stayed on for 2 minutes. Do you really think that that one person seeing my post is destroying your career? If you are really interested in making a living as an artist, stop focusing on attacking other artists and start focusing on making great art.
That being said, you obviously feel very strongly about this whole matter, so if you can send me proof that you own the US copy right to the trademark “Party Mix,” then I will take down the post that you are referring to.