About Djoni Flux/TB Andel

Thursday, 25 June 2009

One of my best friends in Second Life is TB Andel: a wonderfully energetic musician with the beautiful and traditional rich sound coming from the beautiful Portugal!!
His style of World Music is based on Portuguese Folk Music with a original touch of jazz, fado and afro music.
Played with a hand crafted Electric Ukulele bringing great clearity with the love of music he brings to all listening.
Recently, thanks to the magic means SL gives to all its residents, from the clutches of TB Andel Djoni Flux has escaped: hidden so far from the rest of us by Mr TB he is now ready to thrill us with his fantastic, amazing guitar playing.

This is the friendly interview I had with him (or should I say "them") ;-)

Do you want me to use your real name?/
TB aka Djoni: You can use my RL name of course :) its the RL musician who is behind TB Andel or Djoni Flux, so theres no problem at all call me João Frazão as well :)

Where are you from?/
TB aka Djoni: Im from Portugal but i live in England at the moment.

How long have you been playing music?/
TB aka Djoni: I play music by 29 years.... next year i will celebrate my 30 years living to music :))))) during all this years i've been playing with known portuguese singers ( Rita Guerra, Roberto Leal, João Afonso and more... ) touring all over the world with some of them. i've been making some studio work as well as technician. i mixed and mastered "Joana Rios" CD (http://www.joanarios.com) and several other CDs :)

What instruments do you play?
TB aka Djoni: Well my main instrument is Guitar, i started playing guitar with 13 years old... but i also play electric ukulele [ this isntrument is designed by me and builted for me... its unique :) ] , eletric bass and Piano [ this 2 instruments im not great eheh but i play enaugh to record my backing tracks... on piano sometimes i need midi editing help ehehehe and of course i use technology.. samplers midi programming and audio editing and mastering.

How did you discover SL?
TB aka Djoni: Here it is a funny story.... first time i heared about SL it was in a TV show... im also a web programmer.. so i always spent a lot of time on computers, one day i was about to sleep ( my 6 AM ehehe ) and i was eating before bed, i turned on my TV and started a TV program talking about a "game" on the internet... well my "computer freak side" didnt let me go bed and i watched the programme... in the end of the programme (7AM eheh ) i came back to my computer again to install SL instead go bed :)) well here i am playing my music ( some original, portuguese folk music and now some blues and rock as well )... and of course... SL addicted AHAHAHA

What has influenced you to get your to where you are today musically?/
TB aka Djoni: Mainly my instinct. i always felt music like my main way to communicate. About influencies... i got some... i always listen some Jazz, classical, some rock... loads of world music :) ( my passion ), but let me tell you during this 29 years playing music i never tried to copy any of the guitar players i listen to... i think i will never be able to feel the same as they feel.. so i guess its better play what i feel, and hope ppl like it ehehe.

Do you think SL can be a valid showcase for your RL works?
TB aka Djoni: Sure! thru SL, RL ppl can listen my music played live. Like in RL every show in SL is different, musician mood to play depends on the crowd mood, just like in RL. I guess musician can make real good RL contacts here in SL to play RL. Im still looking for my oportunitie. I have some hundreds of ppl here in SL that follow me to almost every show, if one day i play RL next to their home town, i think they would go to listen to me live RL, and besides im still a RL musician :) so why not believe on it?

How would you describe your style?
TB aka Djoni: hard this one :) i dont know. I guess as TB Andel i would descibe my self as a world music player. I play portuguese folk music and original music. The portuguese folk music have a lot of influencies ( arabic, african, celtic) so i guess i mix a bit of all this styles in my music. As Djoni Flux i play some blues and rock and in this case i would describe my self as free style AHAHA i never listened a lot of guitar players on this musical area... so i guess i just let my instinct come out :)

Which are the sources of your inspiration?
TB aka Djoni: EVERYTHING !!!! all around me inspire me... if i feel sad for any reason ill make sad music if i feel romantic ill make romantic music etc etc... Every little thing might make me feel some music... thats why i love music i guess, i can express my self thru sounds

Do you want to use your RL name?
TB aka Djoni: Sure, no problem: João Frazão :) hint: ã sound as a nose sound ehhe

Do you use other kind of digital promotions?
TB aka Djoni: yes :) i would like to
You can visite my websites:

João Frazão: http://www.joaofrazao.net
TB Andel: http://tbandel.joaofrazao.net
Djoni Flux: http://djoniflux.joaofrazao.net


Any thing else you would like to add?
I would like to thank to all my fans SL and RL for their support all this time, and thanks to you too for the promotion your making to "João Frazão" aka TB Andel aka Djoni Flux :)))) and to my love Aphrodaite Andel for her HUGE pacience and support :))))

DJN Project in Second Life

Sunday, 21 June 2009

DJN Project, a duo located in NYC is composed by Rick "Galactik" Wilkinson and Ruben "Swift" Vidal.

In 2005 they met through mutual friend Doug Brown, who was the assistant to music mogul Johnny Wright at the time.

Rick G, then based in Orlando, decided to move to New York where the songwriting industry was booming.

Swift's love for house started at Club Shelter, where he recalls experiencing the beautiful people and the great sound of soulful house.
At the same time Swift worked with Jay-Z, DJ Green Lantern, Eminem, Busta Rhymes and many other artists with engineering, assisting and marketing.

Doug set up a meeting with Rick G and Swift. After meeting, they soon after created DJN Project. Both were into making r&b music at the time, but both were also busy and had no time to make music.

2006 - 2007, Rick G and Swift traded song ideas back and forth most of the year, while Swift was on the road with Justin Timberlake, Fergie and RBD as a Hype Man. When Swift arrived home from his journey, DJN Project was able to get together and record all of thier music.
DJN Project made their first house album in November 2007 entitled "Everlasting". At the start, Rick G nor Swift knew any DJ's or ANYBODY in the dance genre. Swift was in hip-hop, and Rick G was in r&b.

"Feel For You" was released in March 2008.

Because of the noise that "Feel For You" was making, DJN Project was invited to perform the single live at Winter Music Conference 2008. After WMC 2008, the DJN Project was set to roll with collaborations locked down with Kenny Bobien, Arnold Jarvis, and Louie Vega.

DJN Project has alot in store for dance music. They're introducing a new genre of house called HIP HOP HOUSE with the help of Busta Rhymes, Paul Wall, Juelz Santana, and others. This will take dance to a new plateau, where our kids can enjoy life music without drama.

This is DJN Project so far.
Recently Rick G and Swift contacted me and my friend Swina Allen because someone told them about Second Life and its awesome venues.

They decided to do a promotional tour in Second Life:both of them are convinced that the virtual platform has a great potential in order to give a worldwide visibility. Furthermore planning a tour in Second Life is really easy and cheap.

This magic virtual tour will start on june 22nd...I will keep you updated :)
We will see...

Discog -

Feel For You - March 2008 - Open Bar
Have A Nice Day - August 2008 - Baldeelox
Got U Bumping - October 2008 - Loopfreaks
Don't Let It Stop - October 2008 - Ospina Digital
Beautiful People - April 2009 - Soundmen On Wax
Take You Away - June 2009 - Vega


Feel For You - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpzVUxy8lz8
Wheels of Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnYtmqdmsEE
Don't Let It Stop - http://www.youtube.com/watc

Brilliant disguise

Friday, 12 June 2009

Many Second Life residents definitely avoid to leave any clues about their real identity.This happens frequently also among musicians and artists:they decide to live their second chance in an absolute freedom.Many could be the reasons of this choice and all of these are worth of respect.
Actually I don't think it's so important to know who really are the artists I'm used to be in relationship with in my inworld adventures:no ID is requested for friendship or partnership, the essence of persons goes beyond their RL coordinates.
Many Second Life musicians earn their living with music in Real Life too ,but "part time rockers" are the ones who do their shows maybe with the most vibrant dedication. SL gives to them the chance to let their dreams become true:as everyone knows the stuff dreams are made of is quite different from humdrum routine.
I never ask about Real Life. :)