Category Archives: music and art

Words I needed to hear from Ryan Kairalla

I shamelessly plug things on my blog that I like. I don’t get paid for it, I do it because I like something and think other might as well. I share.

So since when did podcasts became an art form? Well, we always viewed TV as an art form, we viewed radio at that as well. To me any result of a creative process is an art form. I for one find podcasts (especially good ones) very engaging and thought-provoking art form.

I am a big fan of the Break the business podcast, and in many ways the fact that I got to appear on one of the earlier episodes has contributed to that. You can check out that episode HERE. But this week one of the hosts of the podcast Ryan Kairalla started the show with a  beautiful section about the events in Paris and his own feelings. And then he continues to talk about the important role us artists play in times like these. And I would very much like to thank Ryan for this, as I for one, who also spent the past few days in a fog, needed to hear it. Thank you Ryan!

Also in the podcast Ryan interviews Ari Herstand, who runs one of the best modern music business blogs Ari’s Take, so a lot of great advice as well.

But the reason I wanted to feature the podcast here, is Ryans words to the artists. Inspiring stuff. Check it out.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art part 8

I came across Kirbanu on my many wonders around the internet, I think about a year ago. Since then I’ve been keeping my eye on what she has been up to. She successfully crowdfunded her latest album which is due to come out later this year. If you want to get on board and support her, you can preorder the album already HERE.

So I don’t actually know too much about her, just that we have corresponded through emails. But she is a an avid vlogger. She has a new video log up twice a week! So check them out on her YouTube channel. But I do know that she comes from Australia and is currently based in Germany, from where she tours in Germany and surrounding countries. Check out the video above, and visit here website. Lets share the love, music and art 🙂

http://kirbanumusic.com

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art Part 7

Here’s a young man I came across quite few years ago now. We crossed our paths on some of the Dublin’s rock nights, I believe it was in the Pint bar, which since then has closed it’s doors. It was a venue that I have a lot of fond memories of.

Luke is a member of a Dublin band My Mind Races. But what I admired about him was the constant desire to create more, and when he is not rocking the Dublin scene with My Mind Races, he is churning out E.P.s of his own song. “Sky is blue” is one of these songs.

There is a great sensitivity in Luke’s acoustic solo material, which I always enjoyed and hopefully you will too 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art 6


I reviewed Ben Reel’s previous album in the past HERE. Now Ben had a new album out Earlier on the year and I would like to share with you this great song, and video filmed on the streets of Dublin. I said it before, and I will say it again, Ben is a hard-working singer-songwriter, who is not scare of the road.  So hit play, enjoy, and if you like it, share it with the world. More people need to know about Ben Reel 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Patreon of the arts

I haven’t been as nervous about anything I’ve done in the music business for a while now. But the past week I have literally been on the edge of my seat 😀 This was in the plans for a while now, but I never thought I’d get this nervous about it…

I am talking about Patreon. Patreon is reasonably new platform, that some of my favourite indie artists are using. And thanks to it they have done some fantastic things, that probably would not have happened without Patreon. So for starters, here is a video from the good people of Patreon explaining what it is all about:

So basically you can pledge any amount you choose, to support what I do, the blogging, the weekly songs, the videos and future recordings and concerts. As you know I blog a lot, and release new song weekly, so I thought pledging per creation would be just too much, instead I opted for the monthly option. That way you would not be charged anything more than you set in the beginning. So that is the basics.

Now lets dig in bit deeper 🙂 What I like about Patreon is the fact that it is a direct connection between the artist and the art fan, I am already supporting few artists in Patreon, and I’d guess as I dig deeper in to the community, I’ll probably will be supporting more. Why, because I am a music fan as well 🙂

If you are one of those people who never would consider paying for music, and happily just enjoy what ever the mainstream throws at you, then Patreon probably is not for you. I’ll still be happy to see you Download my tracks from Bandcamp, or stream them in Spotify (even with the annoying adds…) because I want you to be able to listen to my music.

But if you, just like I, look for that little bit extra. If you want to be part of the process. If you want to see even more inside stuff. And if you just want to support what I do, then Patreon is perfect for you. There is a video on my Patreon page, that I struggled to create over few days this week (talk about an emotional roller coaster) which explains what it is all about. I set up different kind f rewards for different level of pledges, but if you have something else in mind, just let me know and we can tinker with it. It is very much a learning curve for me as well 🙂 Also there are some Milestone goals, which I will be probably adding more along the way. But for now I’t starts from feeding my caffeine addiction, covering the basic costs, keeping the roof over my head, making professional videos, recording a studio album with a full band, touring, and even my ultimate longtime dream. So go and have look at the Patreon page, I’d say you enjoy it 🙂

And if you do decide to pledge, you get access to my Patreon feed. You can have a look at some of the stuff that is there already, but most of it is limited to Patreons only. I will be posting a lot of videos and posts that will be exclusively for the people who want to know just that little bit more about the music, what I had in mind while writing particular song or blog post. But most of all, as I mentioned above, you are supporting me doing what I do, sharing music, videos, live shows and writing blog posts. And for that I am for ever grateful.

Check out my Patreon page HERE

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art part 5

Drawing 1 by Carlos Ramos
I am very exited to share with you some drawings by Italian artist Carlos Ramos. Our paths kind of crossed by accident. Carlos came into the Porterhouse today, where I was playing a session with friends of mine Brian and Barra. Carlos enjoyed the afternoon of music with some food and beer, ad all awhile he had his small sketch book out, where he was constantly drawing.

Drawing 2 Carlos RamosSo what you see here on this page was all drawn live in the moment, and with a kind permission from Carlos I am sharing them with you. If you want to sent some compliments to Carlos, you can do so on Twitter @umhcramos. Tell him that J.P. sent you 😉

I think Carlos did a wonderful job capturing the session, which is just few guys playing music at the corner of a bar, no microphones, no stage. To me it is music in one of its purest forms, and the simple use of just pen and paper in the drawings seem to work perfectly hand in hand.

Drawing 3 Carlos RamosTo me this was one of those magical moments, when someone gets inspired by music to do some other form of art. As an artist it is one of the highest rewards. Too often I see artist treating art as a competition, where as we all should aspire to inspire each others. I felt very much inspired by these drawings. It’s moments like these that get me very exited. Hope you enjoy the results as much as I did.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art part 4

Few years back I had the pleasure to hear the Cisalpipers. They are a wonderful pipe band from Italy, and playing sessions with these guys definitely has become a highlight of my trips to Italy since meeting them. I thought as I am here in Italy, it would be a good time to share with you some of their celtic music. Obviously with a band like this no video will ever make justice to what the live show is like, but you will get an idea with this video 🙂

You can visit their website HERE

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art part 3

Today I want to share with you a true talent from Dublin. This gentleman is as Dublin as Dublin gets. There is raw purity in the singing and songwriting of Jem Mitchell. Here is a musician who has been around and done it all, but now just wants to do his own thing in his own terms. And boy does he do it in style. I hope you enjoy Jem’s music as much as I do. The good people at The Sound Feed were responsible of filming this beautiful video.

These short-form posts are me just sharing with you music and art I love. If you know something I might like to share here, drop me an email to jpkallio@hotmail.com

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art Part 2

Bert Jansch hailed from Scotland. This quiet performer had a massive influence in the world of acoustic guitar playing far beyond folk music, but still even with his success, he never seemed to got the recognition he deserved. So today I will share with you this beautifully filmed black and white video of him still doing what he loved, before his early departure from this world due to lung cancer. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

These short-form posts are me just sharing with you music and art I love. If you know something I might like to share here, drop me an email to jpkallio@hotmail.com

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Share love, music and art Part 1

Ok, so here is a new short form category I decided to add to my blog. It will only be a short description of the artist, relevant links and their art shared in some shape or form 🙂 Some of these will be well-known artists, and some not. So room for everything. If you think I should include something here, drop me an email at jpkallio@hotmail.com with a short description why you think I should share the particular artists work. And as always, I need to like what I hear, or see, otherwise it won;t get shared. My taste is subjective, so don’t take offence if your’s won’t get shared. So that’s about it, now on to the art itself 🙂

I have been following the work of a South African modern-day troubadour Nate Maingard for a while now. Nate is one of those people who are hard not to like, just oozing good-heartedness and loving what he does. I particularly like the organic nature of this live performance. Hit play and enjoy 🙂

Visit Nate’s website at: www.natemaingard.com

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE