Archive for February, 2013

Bonnie Cehovet | February 17, 2013

Music Industry:

In an ever-changing music industry, which right now seems to be upside-down and without a specific direction, it’s getting more and more important as an artist to deliver something unique, and maybe most of all, make the fans and record buyers understand what the artist is trying to say. Commercial radio and all other major media outlets are dependent on advertisers, readers/listeners, subscribers, newspaper buyers and the money from major labels to get their music played on the most important radio stations. When money is involved there is always a risk that statements are being misunderstood, and maybe most common, being manipulated or changed to increase the interest from the buyers, readers or listeners and finally the advertisers, sponsors – those with money.

I don’t blame record labels or other media outlets for having the main focus on income and business. That’s how any business works. But the main difference with the music industry, as opposed to many other industries, is the relation between the labels “products”, i.e. the artists and their artistic integrity. They are not always in sync with each other.

Artists Doing Radio: will now offer something new … a selection of specially invited artists will be making their own 30 minute radio show as part of The Soulinterviews Radio Show on Solar Radio, the UK’s leading soul music station. The Soulinterviews Radio Show is also being syndicated on other stations worldwide, and uploaded as a podcast on the after it has been aired twice (repeat the week after) on Solar Radio.

These 30 minutes belong to the artists 100%, and they record the radio show themselves. The topic is left to their discretion … life, love, politics, music memories, family, friends etc. etc. We give the artist an opportunity to “speak out” without interruption, and without having someone else telling them what to say and how to say it.


We kick off on April the 8th at 07:00 pm EST (United States) / 23:59 pm UK with David Frank, world renowned music producer and one half of pioneering electrosoul duo The System. David has also promised to do one show together with his good friend and System partner Mic Murphy. The duo just released a critically acclaimed comeback album entitled “System Overload“. Tune in on Solar Radio.


Some very popular artists have already confirmed … we will inform you as soon as we get their radio show sent to us. We recommend that you subscribe to our Newsletter – just add your e-mail address in the subscription box on the landing page of

Stay tuned!

DJ Soulswede (aka Souly) through Bonnie Cehovet
Founder & Publisher

Mic Murphy and David Frank were ahead of their time. Murphy was the vocalist and Frank the keyboardist for the 1980s R&B/dance/techno band The System. The group is best known for their 1984 hit “You Are In My System” and their 1987 mega smash “Don’t Disturb This Groove.” The band was distinguished by Murphy’s smooth vocals as well as lyrics that were a step above what was often heard in dance music. The System’s production values were cutting edge for the 1980s. In fact, I went back and listened to the band’s two biggest hits on You Tube, and both cuts hold up pretty well today.

Murphy and Frank include updated vocal and instrumental versions of “Don’t Disturb This Groove,” on their new album System Overload. The band doubles down on the technology on the updates. However, “Don’t Disturb This Groove,” version 1.0 hardly sounds like a relic. Those not aware of their history could hear both and conclude that the newer version is a remix. That’s a testament to how forward leaning the original “Don’t Disturb This Groove” turned out to be.

Ironically, the biggest factors in The System’s comeback are the qualities that predate the digital revolution – solid vocals, infectious melodies and good songwriting.  All three can be heard throughout The System’s latest project, the very good System Overload.

Murphy’s voice is a lively and soulful as it was when “You Are In My System” served as his musical introduction to the masses. Murphy spits his words out rapid fire on the propulsive dance number “The Toast (to the Good Life),” but his vocals manage to maintain a distinctive soulfulness.

The bouncy, hip-hop influenced “Tug O War” is crafted to draw dancers to the floor. Still, it’s the theme and the lyrics that elevate this post-modern R&B jam. The track employs the schoolyard game as a metaphor for two lovers who are constantly at odds and attempt to impose their will on the other:  “You go enemy/I take the blows/You hittin’ way to low/It’s hand to hand/It’s toe to toe/And we settle up the score/We drawin’ lines/We never compromise/The innocent caught in the middle/Just have to pick a side.” The chorus proves that Murphy and Frank are still the masters of the catchy hook: “You say it’s day/I say it’s night/We just can’t agree anymore/You say it’s wrong/I say it’s right/Keep getting’ in this tug of war.” It kind of seems right that a song about conflict has two choruses with contrasting views. “Come on let me in your corner/And take off your body armor/Maybe we should join our forces/Our love is like a tug o war/you know we don’t need defense/Making love is our consensus/Maybe we should join our forces/And maybe we could end this tug o war?”

Musical tastes change, and there are a couple of ways that veteran artists can respond. They can stay true to the style that brought them fame, or they can seek to adjust to the musical styles and tastes of the day. If an artists elects for the former he risks being labeled as a relic, and the latter creates risks of continually being one or two steps behind the ever changing musical landscape. However, if there is one theme that comes from listening to System Overload, it’s that the time might just be now for these two music industry veterans who have been on the grind for 30 plus years. Pull aside the technology and you have what has always been the foundation of the best music: Strong melodies, great vocals and lyrics that say something. And that is timeless. Highly Recommended.

By Howard Dukes