A Synth Love Affair Vol. 1

And here it is…a brand NEW Glass Apple Bonzai song called “Wicked Fire (Jazzi’s Theme)”.
This is a unique version of the song available exclusively on the Synth Love Affair Vol. 1 compilation put together by Marko Maric and released through Future 80’s.

Marko approached me to write a song as a gift for his fiancee Jazzi for her birthday.
Naturally, I did the best job I could.

A slightly different version will appear on “In the Dark”

I DIE: YOU DIE’S TOP 25 OF 2015: 25-16

Alex Kennedy and Bruce Lord of I Die: You Die has always been unduly supportive of Glass Apple Bonzai. Incidentally, Alex Kennedy was instrumental in pushing me to finish the first GAB album and start performing live. It doesn’t surprise me, but continually flatters me that they speak so highly of my creative output and have shown that they are purveyors and curators of a vast musical future where the forum of discussion is always open but not held back by favouritism and pandering.
If they don’t like something they are very vocal about it, while still calling in the merits of any given piece of work.
What they say about my music doesn’t even feel contrived or forced. And for that I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to have “Night Maze” included on their “Best of 2015” year-end list.
Click the photo below to visit their page and give all of the acts listed a few minutes of your time.IGUG-YEAR-END-GRAPHICS-2015-2-06

 

The Niagara Music Awards vs. Glass Apple Bonzai

Last night I was the recipient of two awards at the 2015 Niagara Music Awards.
The Engineer of the Year award and the Album of the Year award.
I’m absolutely honoured and elated to have won in two categories that I feel are based entirely on merit and skill.

I pride myself in my recording quality and technique and to have those attributes recognised is a wonderful feeling.
Winning the Engineer of the Year award alone would have left me feeling very proud and satisfied…

Winning Album of the Year absolutely blew me away.
A total surprise.
Not that I don’t recognise my skill as a songwriter, but I am aware that the type of music I make isn’t necessarily the most popular or understood.
Synthpop is kind of a strange grey-area.
So to have the entire album recognised and given accolade was a very proud moment for me.
To be honest, I’m still reeling from it.
Awards aren’t everything, but they ARE something.
And winning these awards is a very big something.

So let me take the time to thank everyone who helped make Night Maze (the album that won) the amazing thing it is.

Jessie Deye, Lex Gore, Sheenah Ko, and Matty DiFranco for contributing their flavourful backing vocals.
The inimitable Paul Sizer for the absolutely amazing artwork.
Martin Bowes for his perfect mastering job.
And of course….Steve.
Steve’s sax solo really is the icing on the cake. Not to mention the unending support from him and his awesome on-stage antics.

Cheers, triple Cheers to all of you.

– Daniel X. Belasco

NMA8-Awards

NEW song!

“An Astrophysicist Love Story”
From the upcoming E.P. “Night Maze”

This is the first part of a 2-song narrative created by Van Owen.
Mr. Owen was a big contributor during my Indiegogo campaign and his perk package included having a song written about whatever he desired.
His desire was a story about two scientist lovers separated by a great distance (maybe even different dimensions) who invent a machine to bring them together.
The idea was so awesome that I wrote a second song using a continuation of that concept which will be included on the “Night Maze” E.P.

Big thanks to Van Owen for his unending awesomeness.

2014 A Giant Robot Ate My Drum Machine

Words ad Music by Daniel X. Belasco

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