How I Roll (Instrumental) by LaWanda Macik

LaWanda Macik

Broadjam Artist: LaWanda Macik
Song: How I Roll (Instrumental)

Reviewer: Rin Vinson

Positive Comments: Wow, what a great, great song. Please tell me instrumentation in the first 8 bars…!!! Before the music kicks in…I would love to know. I can’t get enough. All of the instrumentation is just absolutely perfect. I’m so glad to have been able to hear this. The groove is KILLER…The tempo, dead on, and the composition is just so perfectly sparse and perfectly performed. The bridge is so smooth and not a groove killer. Upright bass, B3, sax, trumpet, electric piano…wurlitzer maybe…Just beautiful on all ends. Composition, recording, mix, and master all dead on the money. I wish there were more artists like this. New fan here.

Constructive Comments: You kidding me? Nothing negative on my end. Thank you so much for sharing. I loved it.

After 8 by Billy Pilgrim

Billy Pilgrim

Broadjam Artist: Billy Pilgrim
Song: After 8

Reviewer: Jon Babb

Positive Comments: I really enjoyed the early 90’s feel to this track — very nostalgic. Just the pads, instrumentation and style of this song is enough to make anyone happy. You seem to play around with quite a few different effects too which I like! I really miss hearing this sort of music and it makes me long for the glory days of 90’s TV. Are you sure you’re not Bruce Hornsby?

Constructive Comments: There is not much that I find wrong with the track, although I think the keys could use more reverb to give it a fuller sound. I would also suggest adding some background vocals — even synth vox or oohs and aahs to keep the nostalgic mood that the song expresses. I think the track as a whole is well arranged, but sometimes the spacey pads distract me a bit. Overall well done!

Living in the Trees by Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Broadjam Artist: Jeff Roberts
Song: Living in the Trees

Reviewer: Douglas Branson aka dB+1

Positive Comments: Pop Rockish – with new wave / contemporary / groove rock feel.Refreshingly cool and not the same old thing. Really tasteful musicianship. Love the vocal delivery – restrained and “on.” Fun and likable tune. Seems like very appropriate for film. Love the end…I am finally home…

Constructive Comments: This tune is polished, well written, and produced perfectly for the genre and style. Love the restrained energy and performance. Can’t wait to see who this is, after I post the review. Enjoyed it and going to give a listen again. Also love the concept.

For a Friend by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: For a Friend

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: This is where guitar chops, arrangement skill, and a real ear for beauty come together! There is some majorly wonderful stuff going on here in sound that reminds me of Duane Allman’s Little Martha and Steve Kimock’s music. There are some crazy good moments going on here, including the climactic part at 1:19. Nice nice nice!

Constructive Comments: I’d remove the chorus effect. IMO it’s really killing the tone of the guitars and cluttering up the space so you don’t hear the excellent fingerpicking and voicing that you’re doing. I’d also drop the little chime/tinkle you’re adding–it’s almost like one of those bell tree things the Smooth Jazz dudes do at the end of a Kenny G solo. I’m not into the harmonics, I think they’re kinda cliche & weak next to the other stuff but that’s me. I’m picking at stuff only in the interest of making good great, and there are already some freakin great moments here!

Watching Anime with Friends (demo) by Jeremy Shaskus

Jeremy Shaskus

Broadjam Artist: Jeremy Shaskus
Song: Watching Anime with Friends (demo)

Reviewer: SRJ

Positive Comments: * True to its genre using a wide range of electronic sounds and beats* The production qualities are high – good use of instrumentation and arrangement

Constructive Comments: * The melody on top of the chord progression sounds a bit child-like – but this could be intentional…

THE WAY LIFE GOES by Charlie Shock

Charlie Shock

Broadjam Artist: Charlie Shock
Song: THE WAY LIFE GOES

Reviewer: FRED GROSS

Positive Comments: Nice overall production. This is an excellent track for a film or TV spot. It really stikes me as perfect for a tv show theme song. Nicely done!

Constructive Comments: Not much here to say. The only thing that stood out to me was the distortion. Once the music kicks in the vocals fade a little into the mix also. I would bring them up just a touch.

ROCKING & A ROLLING – (SCAMP) by David Austin

David Austin

Broadjam Artist: David Austin
Song: ROCKING & A ROLLING – (SCAMP)

Reviewer: SRJ

Positive Comments: * I really like the slight R&B feel to this track, felt through the use of instrumentation and chord progression

Constructive Comments: * The melody could do with some tweaking – the hook doesn’t quite work for me. I think if there was more reverb to the vocals, this would add more depth to this track.

Double Wide by Billy Pilgrim

Billy Pilgrim

Broadjam Artist: Billy Pilgrim
Song: Double Wide

Reviewer: Rin Vinson

Positive Comments: Wow…Epic piece here. Excellent job all the way around. In a word, I would say muscular. All instrumentation was composed appropriately and everything compliments one another seamlessly. The horns and the percussion section push hard while the strings create an anticipation of something large on its way. I visualize a scene in a tv show or movie where people, animals, cars etc…are running away from something large and menacing. The composition, recording, mix, and master are all 100% professionally done. Thanks for sharing.

Constructive Comments: Nothing negative to say here. The piece should do well. I really enjoy quality compositions and recordings and this delivers on all fronts. Thanks for sharing and good luck with it.