John Kuzara

John Kuzara


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John Kuzara

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Founder of Kuzaradar, writer at AfterDark
Bio
Please feel free to send me any type of music, I have a much wider appreciation of genres than what it says on my 'interests'!

I will give you honest and professional feedback of your material, with suggestions that could help you develop your sound. I'm experienced with listening to new music, as I receive numerous submissions from up-and-coming bands looking for a feature on my website Kuzaradar. Basically: for good amounts of feedback, an honest opinion, and also exposure if you'd like it, GET IN TOUCH WITH ME! All at a great price as well.

If you would like an article on your music or an interview, do not hesitate to contact me by sending an e-mail to john@kuzaradar.co.uk. For maximum circulation, articles will be taken into consideration to be uploaded to AfterDark.co also.

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Expertise
pr, music promotion, creative writing, music writing / blogging, music interviews, music reviews
Interests
indie rock, alternative, punk, drum & bass, house, psychedelic rock, experimental, post punk
Location
Exeter/Cardiff

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Ediz Steel submitted media.

River by Al'York

John Kuzara

Similar riffs to the likes of Royal Blood, this is a heavy hitting track that combines powerful melodies with raw vocals. Really sounds like Deap Vally and Black Honey, so it's definitely worth checking out if you're into these two up-and-coming bands. Catchy and bombastic, this is a brilliant song that not only demonstrates the singers dynamic range, but also the togetherness of the band as a whole. Perfectly equalised throughout, you can distinctly hear every element, which is something that appears scarce in rougher recordings. This, however, makes the grade. Loved it!

Human in Bloom submitted media.

John Kuzara

Love the tense opening with the muted guitar and megaphone vocals. A very minimal approach which opens up very subtly and gracefully, adding more elements in with ease. The overdriven hook in the middle is catchy, it could be slightly more anthemic, but for this early version it works. Sounds quite a lot like Stereophonics and other late 90s indie bands in the chorus, which is a style that has made a successful revival in recent years. The vocals are brilliantly woven into the song, however I would say the lyrics need tweaking as they seem quite cliche. Apart from that, a really brilliant track. Please send more material!

Martin Tillman submitted media.

Zero Gravity by Martin Tillman

John Kuzara

Really interesting opening and loved the section that seeps into play shortly after. Ethereal and light, it's a track that blends together deeper sounds with classic piano chord progressions. You almost want to be out looking at the stars when this comes on. It's spiritual-esque, and doesn't hold back in terms of stretching out emotion. The well-connected overlay of instruments is vital in this, there is no discord at any point. Adventurous and smooth, keep making music Martin!

Twinkles Twinkles submitted media.

Blithe by Tw*nkles

John Kuzara

I like the style, but you need to add in more elements of percussion underneath everything in my view. Maybe a few snares as music of a similar tempo often includes that during the build up to the climactic moments. Of course, the vocal is strong and the synth sections are impeccable. The piano that builds behind everything is a nice touch as well. Good track!

George Chanin submitted media.

Needles by Midcity

John Kuzara

First impressions: I was instantly reminded of Nirvana from the guitar sound and low humming bass. Once the voice comes in it's of course a different story, but nevertheless the vocal fits the song perfectly, especially when you guys put that chorus-like effect over it in, well, the chorus! Simplistic guitar melodies in the breaks are also the way to go for this kind of track, as it doesn't disrupt the large amount of noise underneath it, so well done for recognising that. The verse almost makes the transition into the chorus seamlessly, but there's just the right amount of disruption there to keep in line with the rest of the track. The calm part at the end could be cut of for a radio edit or something, as it seems to slip away from the rest of the song, but could easily fit in on an album version or as an interlude somewhere. Liked the track - keep up the good work guys!

Steve Moore submitted media.

Revolt by The Unravelling

John Kuzara

I like all the instrumental use on this track. Strung out guitar and heavy-hitting drums always makes for a big opening and builds anticipation, so well done on that! The vocal seems a bit restrained at first, but seems to ease up more as the song goes on. Reminded me of My Chemical Romance's later stuff, not sure if that was the sound you were trying to go for but it worked for them right? Just before the break: the guitar eased into the forefront really smoothly before switching back to underlying the vocals, utilised well. In fact throughout the guitar provides a decent bed for the singing, coupling with subtile synths that peek out every so often. Liked the track, keep making music!

Elliott Sencan submitted media.

Seeing What's Next by Hollywood Principle

John Kuzara

I have to say I was sceptical about the artwork when  was sent this: if you want to market the track successfully, you may have to alter the artwork that accompanies it as that can instantly affect someone's view of the artist. The track itself however was reassuringly decent, reminded me of Purity ring. The fluctuating synth use of 'Seeing What's Next' is brilliant, it provides the perfect backing to the female vocals, heavy vs. delicate. The subtle arpeggiator use is skilful to say the least, riding over the other elements with a sense of freedom and independence. The last chorus' introduction of a second synth melody is good also. In a nutshell, keep making tracks like this, but pay attention to your artwork!

Paul Todd submitted media.

John Kuzara

The vocal melancholia of this track really reminded me of The Smiths/Joy Division, always a winner in this day and age. A really emotional feel, most of the song fits together smoothly: however the guitars seem a little too disjointed. I can see where you're coming from with it, the guitar sound itself fits with the song fine, but I feel the guitar needs to be re-recorded to slot in that little bit more. Apart from that, this is a solid track! Really enjoyed the cymbal use of the break and the stifled yell of the vocal piercing the air. Keep it up guys!

Paul Todd submitted media.

Awfully Pretty by Social Station

John Kuzara

Really enjoyed the almost ethereal opening on this one, reminds me of Ultravox, especially when the vocal comes in! It's refreshing to have an artist that returns to this style, but in quite a moving way. The echoing guitar halfway in is a brilliant touch as well, that then shifts gracefully back into synth. More of this please, this is good stuff.

Danny Meigel submitted media.

Zonkk by Foresterr

John Kuzara

The guitar fits in exceptionally well with the style of music you are trying to create. However, I'm unsure that a live environment is the right way to submit your material on here, as this doesn't do the singer justice. The track itself sounds perfectly coordinated, but the fact this track is a live recording makes the vocal sound slightly random. I think this has good potential, but you need to make a studio recording of it to gain access to this potential. All in all though, I enjoyed the track and am looking forward to hearing more from you! 

The Parlez submitted media.

Pollen by The Parlez

John Kuzara

A dark and mysterious opening, coupled with reverbed guitar which is always a winner. David Bowie's voice seems to echo throughout the vocals, the song that springs to mind in particular is 'Space Oddity'. In fact once the song develops it seems very Bowie-esque, and I think it's about time music revisited some of the sounds Bowie pioneered. The echoing, chopped voices that occur midway add to the ethereal mist of the track. I enjoyed it for sure, and I do like the vocal (as you probably can tell), although it does seem slightly muffled by delay at points. The instrumental medley towards the finish has been produced very well: you can clearly hear every element, but it does fade out quite abruptly at the close. Good effort though!

Fluence Team submitted media.

For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

John Kuzara

Liked the video, demonstrated clearly what the site was about. You need more people on here though, and more suggestions for artists to submit their material to. Keep doing what you're doing otherwise.

Paul Todd submitted media.

Endlessly by Social Station

John Kuzara

Really love the bass sections and stabbing synths on this track, and the vocal section suits it perfectly. Not entirely sure about the bridge towards the end, could possibly do with a lone bass and drums section with more of the haunting vocal over the top. Apart from that, a strong Joy Division-esque track that shows much promise!

Los Waves submitted media.

Your World by Los Waves

John Kuzara

Loved this track from the beginning. It's like a more exciting Vaccines, and a bit like Peace mixed with Vampire Weekend, bands I personally love. The singer's voice suits the track perfectly, the guitar mixes exceptionally beneath it with the bass. The jumped up rhythms are exactly what needs to be heard more in guitar: drawn out chords are overdone by other bands, and it's time to return to a more lo-fi sound to be recognised. It's come to my attention slightly after summer though which is annoying, as I could have seen this being one of my favourite summer songs. I'll happily cover this band on my website, so please get in touch if you'd like a longer review of your music! My e-mail address is john@kuzaradar.co.uk