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2017 is a new year and Sarantos is back at work continuing to release a new song, music video and book chapter every month. In three years, he has released 6 albums with 85 original tracks as well as 3 fiction/fantasy books that parallel the songs!
The CDs continue to expand on his unique signature style but with an eclectic mix of edgy experimentation! Fans and fellow musicians marvel at his humble down-to-earth demeanor, his dedication to his mission and the wealth of free content that continues to drop every month along with his contributions to charity! His journey started in 2014. He has tackled almost every genre imaginable. Fans continue to interact directly with Sarantos while enjoying regular surprises such as a Christmas album, solo and full instrumentals, bonus covers, a steady stream of witty radio interviews and much more. Fans always wonder what’s next.
Sarantos unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!”
Since 2014, Sarantos has won over 35 awards with Akademia LA Music, Beat 100 while also being nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards, Hollywood Music In Media, and the Hollywood Songwriting Awards.
Even without ever using a studio, label, ad agency or radio promoters, his songs “Dreamer” & “What If I Never See You Again” have spent many months in the top 200 on the majors list in the US for radio airplay according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. On the independent charts, Sarantos has hit the top 10. Dreamer was even picked up on the BBC worldwide in 2016! In 2017, Sarantos finally started using a professional music studio and the difference is palpable!
Sarantos is an avid comic book reader, nerd, workaholic, one-time owner of the Millennium Falcon, gamer and zombie killer.
Sarantos prides himself on not releasing robotic music. Playing live or on the radio, the music is authentic and real. It has imperfections because it is human. He is always trying to sound different musically, lyrically and vocally. He does not want fans or critics to get bored with his efforts or sound. Despite momentum and continued traction, Sarantos still has not turned a profit since he gives away all of his songs, videos and books for free and, of course, everything costs money to make. He also doesn’t put ads on his You Tube videos so fans can enjoy the experience without having to keep clicking on the close button for the ads every 30 seconds.
Sarantos still was able to donate $2,000 in 2015 and in 2016 to the various charities that were picked by fans for his songs. It’s not much but every little bit counts. Hopefully the number will continue to increase as his journey unfolds.Sarantos currently has over 1.3M Social Media followers and has been rated #1 on Reverbnation in the rock and even pop genre worldwide on several occasions. Sarantos performed at the Toronto Music Festival in May to a sold out live audience. Sarantos music has received rave reviews and he relishes this chance to pursue his life-long dream. With new hit tunes waiting to be released every single month until the day he dies, Sarantos music screams success and stimulates an overdue conversation in the always-changing music industry.
Sarantos loyal fans continue to tune in daily for his heartfelt social media posts. His songs are being broadcast every day on various radios stations around the globe. Sarantos continues to do interviews and fans can listen in on a few of them on his YouTube channel. Please don’t listen thought if you will be offended by his funny, sarcastic, witty and genuine demeanor. Sarantos never sticks to just one theme or one emotion. His music videos aren’t all about him. He doesn’t want fans to get bored with the usual lame music videos that are common in the industry. What will he try next? There will always be plenty of buzz as Sarantos strives to release something new to his fans every single week! Every year until the day he dies, Sarantos will release a new song and lyric video on the 1st Tuesday of every month, a new music video on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, a book chapter from his fiction/fantasy book on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and a new Uncut Behind The Scenes video on the 4th Tuesday of every month. A new CD & book will then be released every November along with a surprise CD. Every year. Forever. Sarantos has been writing lyrics since 4th grade and is passionate about the words he puts to the music.
Music was always in his blood. Music was always a passion and much more than a hobby. Sarantos has written over 2,600 songs! He always had an abnormal fascination with music, much to the expense of a normal personality development. At least Sarantosfinds humor while being candid about “making more mistakes than anyone I know!”Having undergone several personal challenges starting with his father passing away in 2010 after a long hard-fought battle with lung cancer, dealing with personal health issues like asthma, chronic allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis with a stricture the size of a straw, food allergies to almost everything, going thru life’s ups & downs, the timing was finally right to start pursuing his lifelong dream in 2014. And so it began. Sarantos main motivation remains, however, to raise money for charity. Sarantos is a proud supporter of multiple charities and donates directly to many charitable organizations! Sarantos has always been inclined to help people in need and is proud to release his music every month as a way to donate a portion of proceeds to charity, hopefully inspiring other artists to do the same. His fans help him choose the charity each month. Just a few of the charities chosen so far include the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, St Jude’s, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Feed The Starving Children, The Trevor Project, Meals on Wheels, Alcoholics Anonymous and many more. The website, Melogia (which in Greek means “with words”) was established by Sarantos, an aspiring singer and song writer.
Sarantos Mission or Goal: My goal when you listen to one of my songs is very simple. I want you to feel the need to:
- Dance or move to the groove
- Play the song over and over again (HIT THE REPLAY BUTTON!)
iTunes & Apple Connect: http://bit.ly/SarantosAppleStore
The new Darkness Visible video – “Eat Me!” went live May 9th. But first, a warning – it is not for the easily offended. It has sacrilegious themes and some off concepts. Proceed at your own risk, and share it with friends if you dare!
Darkness Visible are now working on their 9th music video – Breaking Point. Here is the site to keep up to date with the progress
Stay Tuned as Darkness Visible will soon be appearing on Creatives On The Couch.
Sarantos Continues Being a Day Dreamer And Releases A New Music Video.
Has anyone ever had their dream come true? This music video is probably one that Sarantos is most proud of as it involves clouds, drones, green screens and is downright pretty cool especially because it is very relatable to the everyday person!
Sarantos feels like all of his dreams are coming true. Excluding instrumentals, this new rock song “Dreamer” achieved the best reviews to date. Sarantos is proud to preach to anyone who will listen. There is no reason to wait for fate or chance. Everyone should follow their dreams and see where they lead. This music video is essentially about a boy who finally reaches for the stars, and with a little help from up above, makes it to the dream girl.
“I feel like all of my dreams are coming true,” says Sarantos. “This rock song has gotten incredible reviews and it’s been rated the highest out of all my songs which is perfect because I’ve always been a dreamer. There’s no doubt about that but I’ve always worked hard to get what I want and nothing’s been handed to me. I’ve never been scared of work. I definitely get that from my dad. However, there is one thing that I’ve never pursued yet always dreamed about. I’ve been scared silly to admit for my entire life how much I really wanted to be a rock star! That all changed with my father’s death and I decided to go for it. That’s the story of how I got started down this path and launched my solo musical career. My only regret is that I waited this long to go for it. My advice to everyone out there is to follow your heart. There’s no reason not to!”
Sarantos’ unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic ’80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music.”
Since 2014, Sarantos has won over 25 awards with Akademia LA Music and Beat 100, while also being nominated for the International Music & Entertainment Awards and the Hollywood Songwriting Awards. Even without ever using a professional music studio, label, ad agency or radio promoters, Sarantos’ song, “What If I Never See You Again,” was in the top 200 on the major lists in the US for radio airplay, according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. On the independent charts, Sarantos was in the top 10. He was on both of these lists for most of 2015!
33% of any music-related sales profits from this song are going straight to St. Jude. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
*Because Sarantos wants his music shared throughout the world, fans can always find all of his songs, lyric sheets, videos and books on his website for free. He openly gives everyone the right to share his song MP3s for free with anyone they want via email or any social media platforms.
**Fans can sign up for his free email list to get the inside scoop first and exclusive content available nowhere else.
iTunes & Apple Connect:
Great new video by Sarantos for “Dreamer.” The charity for this one is St Judes.
Sheila Cashanova. The Rapper/Songwriter hails from Brooklyn New York.
Her inspiration comes from poetry and art and being able to express herself through music. She started recording music as a teenager with upbeat club bangers and decided to stay independent in the music industry until she felt ready to pursue a music career. After going to college and gaining a business marketing degree she decided she rather market her own music and continue her music career. Now that she’s been back on the mic, her music is more creative than ever and very catchy and melodic. She owes everything to her deceased mom who left Cashanova searching for a meaningful life she finds in her music and her expression.
Her goal is to be a positive role model and come out with feel good dancing music
Check out her song on YouTube “All A Dream”
Connect with Sheila:
Awesome new music video by Sarantos – “You (just) Don’t Have It.” The charity for this one is Girl Effect.
Sarantos Releases a Fun New Pop Music Video For “You (just) Don’t Have It” Just In Time For Halloween Because Men Don’t Always Care About Fame & Money.
Halloween often means a night to pretend you are someone else. Halloween can be a wonderful escape from reality. Who doesn’t love to impersonate and mislead once in a while? Masks allow one to be something they are not. Even Batman uses one!
In today’s world, teens and adults have a hard enough time trying to find their place in the world. Being true to oneself isn’t always encouraged at work, in love, in the media or sadly even in the real world. Perfection is not attainable yet it is a common illusion on full display in movies, TV shows and most media outlets. As this song lightheartedly points out though, perfection is not what everyone wants or desires. Why should they? The real world is full of imperfections and they are something all of us should accept and embrace. Being human means being imperfect.
This latest pop music video mirrors the playful nature of the song. No matter how much that perfect stuck-up rich girl wants Sarantos, she just doesn’t have what he really wants. The video then describes what Sarantos truly desires – a humble human, playful, not lazy, sweet and nice, with passionate eyes… Money and looks aren’t really important and in today’s world, that message is like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it??
“This is a fun video about a hot rich girl who’s used to getting what she always wants” says Sarantos. “But for me, she just doesn’t have it. She doesn’t have what my soul desires. She’s not sweet and nice, or humble and innocent. Today’s world is super busy and fast paced but every movie and TV show is full of perfect people acting perfectly and it’s such a poor reflection of the real world. Love is a magical moment in time and is different for everyone. There is no script. There are no rules. There’s nothing wrong with love that’s not perfect because love never is!”
Sarantos has continued releasing a new song and music video every month in 2015 as he unveils his eagerly anticipated sophomore album. This collection zeroes in on his unique signature style continuing to merge 80s rock with modern pop rock music. The evolution of Sarantos musical style is readily apparent to fans and seasoned musicians alike.
His 1st solo album dropped on November 18th 2014 and the diversity was amazing as Sarantos tackled almost every genre imaginable ranging from pop, rock, jazz, rap and country. As a complete surprise to his fans, one week later on Black Friday Sarantos also released a Christmas album. This was a wonderful collection of 4 brand new original Christmas songs, 10 covers of Christmas classics and 9 inspirational Christmas short stories. Families will enjoy listening to this CD every Christmas season…
Sarantos unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!”
Sarantos won the Akademia LA Music Awards in 2015 for Best Song (What If I Never See You Again), Best Rock Song (Easy To Believe), Best Rock Music Video (We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve), Best Singer/Songwriter Song (A Mission Of Heart, I Sing), Best Pop Song (I Sing) & Best Pop Rock Album (Not Where I Wanna Be).
Sarantos has won twelve Beat 100 song & music video awards in 2015 and 2014. Sarantos was nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards in 2015 for “Rock Song of the Year” and in 2014 for “Rock Song of the Year” and “Pop Album of the Year.” In 2014, he was also nominated for the Hollywood Songwriting Awards for Best Unsigned Song (Are You Sure You Can Last).
Even without a label or radio promoters, Sarantos song “What If I Never See You Again” has been in the top200 on the majors list in the US for radio airplay according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. On the independent charts, Sarantos is still in the top 10. He’s been on both these lists since early April.
Sarantos currently has over 1.4M Social Media followers and is rated #2 on Reverbnation in the pop genre worldwide. Sarantos performed at the Toronto Music Festival in May to a sold out live audience. Sarantos music has received rave reviews and he relishes this chance to pursue his life long dream.
With new hit tunes waiting to be released every single month until the day he dies, Sarantos music screams success and stimulates an overdue conversation in the always changing music industry. Sarantos loyal music fans continue to show their support by proudly showing off Sarantos merchandise and staying tuned into Sarantos daily down-to-earth and very real social media revelations. His songs are being broadcast every day on various radios stations around the world. Sarantos continues to do interviews around the world every singleweek and fans can listen in to some of them on his YouTube page. Let’s not forget his funny, sarcastic, witty and genuinely real music videos that leave his fans not knowing what to expect next. Sarantos never sticks to just one theme or one emotion. He doesn’t want fans to get bored!
There will be plenty of continued buzz throughout the year as Sarantos strives to release something new to his fans every single week! Every year until the day he dies, Sarantos will release a new song on the 1st Tuesday of every month, a new music video on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, a chapter from his fiction/fantasy book on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and a new Whiteboard video on the 4th Tuesday of every month. A new CD will then be released every November. Every year. Forever.
Sarantos has been writing lyrics since 4th grade and is passionate about the words he puts to the music. Music was always in his blood. Music was always a passion and much more than a hobby. Sarantos has written over 2,000 songs!
Having undergone several personal challenges with Sarantos’ father passing away four years ago after a long hard-fought battle with lung cancer, dealing with personal health issues like asthma and allergies which affected his singing style, going thru life’s ups & downs, the timing was finally right to start pursuing his lifelong dream. And so it began. Sarantos main motivation remains, however, to raise money for charity.
33% of any music related sales are going straight to charity!
Sarantos has always been inclined to help people in need and is proud to launch his music as a way to donate a portion of proceeds to charity, hopefully inspiring other artists to do the same. Just a few of the charities chosen so far include American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, St Jude’s, American Red Cross, Salvaton Army, Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Feed The Starving Children, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The National Center For Fathering and many more.
The website, Melogia (which in Greek means “with words”) was established by Sarantos, an aspiring singer and song writer.
My goal when you listen to one of my songs is very simple. I want you to feel the need to:
- Dance or move to the groove
- Play the song over and over again
Dead Snow (2009)
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel
Plot: Several friends take to the mountains and shack-up in the wilderness of back-of-beyond to enjoy a little R & R together, their peace is soon interrupted by a mysterious old man, warning them of a local curse that during the German occupation of the local area that these Nazi invaders were brutal and harsh in their methods of control. Telling of the legend of the villager’s revolt that drove them up into the cold, dark mountains where they perished, that is until rumour of their return in the form of zombies, evil Nazi zombies.
Mini Review: What’s more fun than a horde of zombies…. A horde of Nazi Zombies…. The story revolves around a bunch of medical students getting away for some rest and relaxation during Easter break. Unknown to them, they’ve set up camp at the wrong place. As it turns out, during WW2, Nazi’s used these hills for an escape route, and it’s said that this is where they supposedly eventually died. Our medical students discover a hidden box of Nazi gold, and soon after they encounter these blood-thirsty zombie Nazi’s and then the blood runs thick.
There’s gore, there’s blood (and plenty of it), there’s sex scenes (one anyway), and of course the race for survival between the undead and the living.
This is not your typical zombie flick folks. If you are expecting the typical zombie movie with slow moving Z’s, infected humans turning into Z’s, or Z’s hunting down the living to feed, then think again. Tommy Wirkola has taken the zombie game to a different level with this first instalment.
Verdict: Bring on Evil Dead Vs Dead 🙂
I am giving it 7 out of 10.
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Stars: Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas
Plot: If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning.
Mini Review: Still on the run from a group of Nazi zombies, a man seeks the aid of a group of American zombie enthusiasts, and discovers new techniques for fighting the zombies.
A rare moment in horror, when a sequel can live up the the first movie.
In this instalment the Nazi Zombies are at it again. This time, they are on a mission… To finish what Hitler ordered them to do 70 years beforehand… Wipe out a town of 3,000 people…. in the middle of nowhere 🙂
But they didn’t count on Martin (Vegar Hoel) to interfere with their plans, and with a lot of help from his new friends. In this fun horror comedy, Martin teams up with the Zombie Squad and resurrects a dead army (Russians) of his own to fight the Nazi’s.
I wont tell you about this, but I will say that it is a lot of fun. Not as much gore and blood as the first movie, but enjoyable none-the-less.
Verdict: Dead Snow 3?
Rating: 7 out of 10
Kenaniah 1522 – There are rock bands, then there is Kenaniah 1522.
With a sound comparable to Rez Band, Led Zeppellin, Uriah Heep, (and dare I say Petra), matched with the style of the hard rock generation, it’s not difficult to see why these four from Tarneit, Victoria, Australia are positioned to not only play at some of the best clubs in Melbourne, but also take the world by storm.
Listening to Rock music – Now I’m not talking about the stuff performed by wanna-be’s – has to be one of the better ways to spend your day (or night). I am a rocker from way back, and one thing I do enjoy is good rock music. KenaniaH-1522 shows that they have what it takes to make their lasting impression on the rock scene, making them a cut above the rest and one of the few bands I would put in my personal Top List.
Heading up the band is Daniel Farmer. His voice teeters on the cusp of screaming as he tears through each note of every song without hesitation, and strums the guitar just as good as the late Jimmy Hendrix. The songs are all their own original material, with standouts including the anthem ‘Battle for Life, ‘While Scavengers Hunt’ and ‘Live For Him’.
Making up Kenaniah 1522 is:
Daniel Farmer – Guitar/Lead Vocal
Joel Farmer – Drums/ Backing Vocals
Deanna Farmer – Bass/Backing Vocals
Patrick Quinlan – Keyboard/Backing Vocals/2nd Guitar
Bendigo Review: We had the pleasure of being invited to see Kenaniah 1522 perform recently at The Bendigo Hotel. It had been a long time coming to see the band perform live… After all, we had seen the band perform in the local church, and had been invited a few times to see them perform, but one thing or another always seemed to get in the way.
But this one particular night, we put everything aside and nothing was going to stop us from getting there. Now, I had listened to some of Kenaniah’s music on Reverbnation, but that was nothing to what was in store for the live performance at the Bendigo.
Being the foodie that I am, I naturally checked out the pub meals on their website, and had my sights set on the massive burger meal… However, that mindset quickly changed when we walked into the place…
Upon entering the establishment, we were greeted by the overwhelming ambiance of something very unnatural. Now I have been to a lot of pubs in my time, but this place would have been the first pub I have entered that had the whole “post apocalypse” look down-pat. And for a moment I thought that we were on the set of a Mad Max movie 🙂
Kenaniah 1522 opened with Last Look At Eden, and belted out the hits one after another in their 40 minute set. Their line up included; Blackened, Peace Of Mind, Murder By Pride, Lies, Battle For Life, and ended the set with their version of Wolfmother’s song Joker And The Thief.
It has been a long time since I have seen a band perform live, and to see Kenaniah 1522 in action was no doubt the best band of the evening.
Kenaniah Rocked the house 🙂
Some of the tracks that are my personal favorites are:
While The Scavengers Hunt
Murder By Pride
Last Look At Eden
Battle For Life
WEIRD TALES FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE (2015)
Today I am checking in with Javier Gomez, otherwise known as DeFago. DeFago is a Spanish musician, with a feel for Ambient and Electronic music.
His latest album, “Weird Tales From The Countryside” was released in March 2015, and is one album that will keep you awake at night 😉
“WTFTC portrays the way the countryside haunts and lingers around you in the night. It brings a deep, unique twist on modern horror music. WTFTC features a great electronic twist on the usual daunting strings music we hear in modern cinema. The overall dark tone and atmosphere the album brings a sheer sense of loneliness and terror.”
Hailing from Seville, Spain, DeFago is an artist who pushes the boundaries on techno music and brings a new haunting element to the mix. DeFago’s music may not suit everyone, but I will say that followers of Tangerine Dream, Goblin, and those who like Horror Soundtracks will find this work superb as DeFago captures brilliantly the work of such haunting themes from the 70’s/80’s horror as well as modern elements.
My personal favorites from this album were “Return To Corpse City”, “The Festival” and “The Holy Company”. Each one of these tracks brought something unique and enthralling to the lineup where one started to have flashes of scenes from an upcoming book (spoilers).
As I said, DeFago’s style of music may not be for everyone, but I will say that he is one artist to keep on your radar.