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Next Los Angeles Show This Friday, April 26th
Stuck in the Middle Cover Art

“Circle The Earth came from all walks of the globe to forage a sound as different as they are.” – BET

“Circle The Earth’s repertoire of songs is as diverse as the band members’ ethnicity…

Circle The Earth are not to be missed!” – Music Connection

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.” – Grateful Web

“Unique blend of modern rock.” – Top Shelf Music

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.” – Remezcla

“Polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.” – The Indy Review


Los Angeles, CA
April 24, 2024 – Female-fronted, multicultural band Circle The Earth, who creates modern rock sounds that offer cutting-edge new-wave beats to evoke energy and emotion, has released their new single “Stuck In The Middle.” PRESS HERE to listen. Written by Circle The Earth guitarist Kazuki Tokaji along with Gerina Di Marco and Adrian Jones and produced by Erik Ron (Staind, Godsmack, Bush), “Stuck In The Middle” exudes a pop vibe supported by intense driving musicianship.

“‘Stuck In The Middle’ is our anthem,” shares Circle The Earth. “It’s our favorite song because it has everything: a memorable chorus and dynamic melodies.”

“Stuck In The Middle” marks the follow-up to Circle The Earth’s hard-hitting single Maniac on Mute,” with both tracks to be featured on a larger collection coming soon. “Maniac on Mute,” written by 7-time Grammy nominee Lauren Christy (Avril Lavigne, Korn, Bebe Rexha), continues to rise on Mediabase’s Activator Chart (currently #53). PRESS HERE to watch the official music video for “Maniac on Mute,” directed by Henry Lipatov (Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Fall Out Boy).

Known for their explosive live performance, Circle The Earth Michael McBay (bass), Kazuki Tokaji (guitar), Sandro Feliciano (drums), Sandy Chao Wang (keyboard), Khadia Handon (vocals) – will celebrate the release of “Stuck In The Middle” at their next Los Angeles show this Friday, April 26th at Harvard & Stone with Sarah and the Safe Word (PRESS HERE for more info).

Formed by McBay in 2018, Circle The Earth features a lineup of professional musicians from around the world – Japan (Kazuki), Brazil (Sandro), Taiwan (Sandy), and the U.S. (Michael and Khadia) – delivering powerful melodic songs that showcase hard, groove-filled licks and memorable lyrics. The group’s forthright attitude on stage and off is about ethnic inclusion, cultural understanding, international cooperation, personal integrity, and spiritual awareness. Their overall message has always been about bringing people hope, love, and truth through positive and uplifting music.

Circle The Earth officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have since amassed more than 4 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify in addition to media support from the likes of BET, Music Connection, Spectrum News, mxdwn, New Noise Magazine, The Indy Review, AntiMusic, The Rock Revival, and more. In 2023, the Los Angeles-based quintet released their debut EP Hey Goodbye, an 8-song collection, mostly produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY), that includes fan-favorites Diamonds,” Dead, Sweetest Pain, and Too Many Pieces.”

 

For press inquiries, please contact:

Press Here
Bari Lieberman
bari@pressherepublicity.com

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Circle The Earth Releases Official Music Video for Latest Single “Maniac on Mute”

“Circle The Earth came from all walks of the globe to forage a sound as different as they are.” – BET

“Circle The Earth’s repertoire of songs is as diverse as the band members’ ethnicity…

Circle The Earth are not to be missed!” – Music Connection

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.” – Grateful Web

“Unique blend of modern rock.” – Top Shelf Music

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.” – Remezcla

“Polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.” – The Indy Review

 

Los Angeles, CA April 8, 2024 – Female-fronted, multicultural band Circle The Earth, who creates modern rock sounds that offer cutting-edge new-wave beats to evoke energy and emotion, has released the official music video for their latest single “Maniac on Mute”PRESS HERE to watch. The therapeutic new visual was directed by Henry Lipatov (Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem, Fall Out Boy). “Maniac on Mute,” written by 7-time Grammy nominee Lauren Christy (Avril Lavigne, Korn, Bebe Rexha) and produced by Erik Ron (Staind, Godsmack, Bush), was released in February and is now climbing Mediabase’s Activator Chart (currently #66). The song is about refusing to let past trauma accompany you into the future. PRESS HERE to listen to “Maniac on Mute” on DSPs.

“Henry Lipatov captured a brilliant take on the song ‘Maniac on Mute’ from a cinematographer’s perspective,” shares Circle The Earth. “It speaks of saving the world after conquering oneself and facing one’s own demons that we all struggle with day to day.”

Circle The Earth Michael McBay (bass), Kazuki Tokaji (guitar), Sandro Feliciano (drums), Sandy Chao Wang (keyboard), Khadia (vocals) – has a couple of live shows coming up this month in Los Angeles including a free performance on Wednesday, April 17th at Hotel Ziggy on the Sunset Strip for We Found New Music (PRESS HERE to RSVP) and Friday, April 26th at Harvard & Stone with Sarah and the Safe Word (PRESS HERE for tickets).

Formed by McBay in 2018, Circle The Earth features a lineup of professional musicians from around the world – Japan (Kazuki), Brazil (Sandro), Taiwan (Sandy) and the U.S. (Michael and Khadia) – delivering powerful melodic songs that showcase hard, groove-filled licks and memorable lyrics. The group’s forthright attitude on stage and off is about ethnic inclusion, cultural understanding, international cooperation, personal integrity, and spiritual awareness. Their overall message has always been about bringing people hope, love, and truth through positive and uplifting music.

Circle The Earth officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have since amassed more than 4 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify in addition to media support from the likes of BET, Music Connection, Spectrum News, mxdwn, The Indy Review, AntiMusic, The Rock Revival, and more. In 2023, the Los Angeles-based quintet released their debut EP Hey Goodbye, an 8-song collection, mostly produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY), that includes fan-favorites Diamonds,” Dead, Sweetest Pain, and Too Many Pieces.” Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go, and The Mint as well as performances at NAMM, building a reputation for their explosive live show.

More from Circle The Earth coming soon!

 

For press inquiries, please contact:
Press Here
Bari Lieberman / bari@pressherepublicity.com

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MULTICULTURAL MODERN ROCK BAND CIRCLE THE EARTH TO RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE MANIAC ON MUTE

Circle The Earth Enter the Mediabase Top 40 Activator Chart at #65* with their Current Single, “Dead – Remix”

Band to Perform at an Exclusive Industry Showcase at  SIR Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 6:30 pm

 

Los Angeles, CA- February, 2024– Circle The Earth is a multicultural band that creates modern rock sounds, offering cutting-edge new-wave beats that evoke energy and emotion. Their new single, “Maniac on Mute,” will be available on February 21, 2024.

Formed by Mike McBay (bass guitar) in 2018, Circle the Earth rounded out their lineup by adding: Kazuki Tokaji from Japan, who lights up the stage on guitar; Sandro Feliciano from Brazil on drums, Sandy Chao from Taiwan on keyboard and Khadia (vocals). Mike and Khadia are from America. Together, the group offers powerful melodic songs that deliver hard, groove-filled licks that showcase memorable lyrics.

Mike McBay’s story is one of grit and determination. A trained medical doctor, he lost his license after succumbing to drug addiction. His parents, who were steeped in academia, shaped his early years. His parents were science department chairs at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Georgia. Mike’s youth was marked by his parents’ demands to succeed and Mike’s dreams of making music. His life led to addiction, which he overcame 13 years ago. “Music was my escape while fighting racism in school and my parents’ academic demands,” says Mike.

Circle the Earth’s new single, “Maniac on Mute,” will be released via Symphonic Distribution on February 21, 2024. The single was written by acclaimed songwriter Lauren Christy and produced by Erik Ron. The new track and forthcoming album were recorded at Grey Area Studios in Los Angeles, CA, in December 2023.

“Maniac on Mute” is about refusing to let your past trauma accompany you into your future. “Who you are now is not who you used to be. The deal to silence yourself is an effort to bury the past,” says Ms. Christy.

The group’s forthright attitude on stage and off is about ethnic inclusion, cultural understanding, international cooperation, personal integrity, and spiritual awareness. “Music brings people together. It offers me hope on a daily basis. The group represents life as positive and uplifting as I continue on my journey to stay healthy,” says Mike.

Circle The Earth’s new song, “Maniac on Mute,” will help heal your trauma through Kazuki Tokaji’s wicked guitar skills and Khadia’s dynamic vocals. Mike Mcbay holds down a steady groove on bass alongside Sandro Feliciano’s banging drums and Sandy Chao’s innovative keys,” adds Lauren Christy.

Circle The Earth’s second single will be released in March 2024, and their full EP will be released in June 2024.

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For more information or to RSVP for the Showcase at SIR Studios, please contact:

Lulu Cohen at Lulu Cohen Media 

lulucohenmedia4ever@gmail.com

917.318.2161

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Hey Goodbye New EP Video & Single Release

Circle The Earth’s repertoire of songs is as diverse as the band members’ ethnicity…

Circle The Earth are not to be missed!” – Music Connection

“Unique blend of modern rock.” – Top Shelf Music

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.” – Grateful Web

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.” – Remezcla

“Polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.” – The Indy Review

“[‘Sweetest Pain’] features heavy guitar solos, striking vocals and a classic, mid-2000s alt-rock sound.”

Grimy Goods

“If there was ever a song to get someone out of their funk, it’s ‘New Religion,’ hands down.” – mxdwn Music

 


Los Angeles, CA
March 8, 2023 – Today, female-fronted, multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has dropped their debut EP along with an official music video for the title track and new single “Hey Goodbye.” PRESS HERE to watch the video, directed and produced by Caitlin Hill, and PRESS HERE to listen to “Hey Goodbye,” co-written by songwriter / producer Adrian Jones. The Hey Goodbye EP is an 8-song independent collection, mostly produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY), also featuring the Los Angeles-based quintet’s 2022 singles Sweetest Pain,” New ReligionandToo Many Piecesand previously released hitsDiamonds and Dead.”

PRESS HERE to listen to the Hey Goodbye EP.

“Releasing this EP is such a milestone for us, as it represents years of really hard work, discipline, determination, and sacrifice for each member of the band and our team,” shares Circle The Earth. “It’s a cohesive, strong and commercial body of work that we’re all proud of musically. The EP also transmits an underlying message of spiritual positivity represented in everything we do. We hope those listening to the entire Hey Goodbye EP take away a feeling of inspiration and recognition of spiritual qualities like faith, hope, love, inclusion, compassion, sincerity, kindness, understanding, respect, determination, the beauty of diversity, and so much more. We also hope you feel and hear the joy of strong, melodic original rock music delivered with passion and soul. Thank you for listening!”

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Kazuki Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7. Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have since amassed more than 4 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify in addition to media support from the likes of Music Connection, Spectrum News, mxdwn, The Indy Review, AntiMusic, The Rock Revival, and more. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show, and have recently found success on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country.

Hey Goodbye EP Track Listing

  1. Hey Goodbye
  2. Sweetest Pain
  3. New Religion
  4. Too Many Pieces
  5. The Other Side
  6. Dead
  7. Pick Your Poison
  8. Diamonds

 

For press inquiries, please contact:

Press Here:

Bari Lieberman / bari@pressherepublicity.com

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Too Many Pieces

“Circle The Earth’s repertoire of songs is as diverse as the band members’ ethnicity…Circle The Earth are not to be missed!”
Music Connection

“Unique blend of modern rock.”
Top Shelf Music

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.”
Grateful Web

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.”
Remezcla

“Polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.”
The Indy Review

“[‘Sweetest Pain’] features heavy guitar solos, striking vocals and a classic, mid-2000s alt-rock sound.”
Grimy Goods

“If there was ever a song to get someone out of their funk, it’s ‘New Religion,’ hands down.”
mxdwn Music

 

Los Angeles, CA December 9, 2022 – Female-fronted, multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has gifted fans with the release of their new single “Too Many Pieces” today. The official music video for the pop-rock song, produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY) and co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) and the band’s guitarist Kazuki Tokaji, features footage from the Los Angeles-based quintet’s recent performance at the Alzheimer’s Los Angeles Making Memories Festival alongside Los Lobos, Cut Chemist, and others. PRESS HERE to listen to “Too Many Pieces” and PRESS HERE to watch the music video, produced by Caitlin Hill.

 

“All the pieces fit together beautifully if we will only allow it,” shares the band of the new song. “Playing at the Alzheimer’s LA Making Memories Festival was our very first music festival performance as well as our first official performance for the City of Los Angeles,” they add. “In addition to the cause, which is so important, this was extremely gratifying for us because we were chosen by the city specifically because of the strength of our music, our energetic live performance, and our multi-cultural message of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance that the City of Los Angeles stands for.”

 

“Circle The Earth blew me away. Quite literally…OMG,” exclaims Brian Welch, Associate Director, Events for Alzheimer’s Los Angeles. “I wasn’t prepared for that force that hit our stage. The musicianship, the showmanship, the licks, the hooks, the looks. It was ALL there.”

 

“Too Many Pieces” marks the third official offering from Circle The Earth this year, following the releases of  “New Religion” and “Sweetest Pain.” The two recent singles, also produced by Kaufman and co-written by McGorman and Tokaji, have found success on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country with the official music video for Sweetest Pain amassing over 1 million views.

 

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7. Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have also released the singles Dead,” “All The Way,” andDiamonds, amassing nearly 4 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify as well as media support from the likes of Music Connection, Spectrum News, mxdwn, The Indy Review, AntiMusic, The Rock Revival, and more. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

 

More from Circle The Earth coming in 2023!

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New Religion

“Unique blend of modern rock.” – Top Shelf Music

“Circle The Earth blends worldwide musical genres into an eclectic rock stew.” – Grateful Web

“[Circle The Earth] synthesizes the stylings of fiery pop anthems with everything from shred-heavy hard rock and emo to hip-hop in a manner that’s sure to energize the masses at first listen.” – Remezcla

“A polished pop rock that sparkles with a bit of 80’s glam.” – The Indy Review

“[‘Sweetest Pain’] features heavy guitar solos, striking vocals and a classic, mid-2000s alt-rock sound.”

Grimy Goods

 

September 21, 2022 – Los Angeles-based multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has released their new single “New Religion.” The hard-hitting track is the latest offering from the female-fronted quintet produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY) and co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) alongside the band’s guitarist Kazuki Tokaji. PRESS HERE to listen to “New Religion,” which first premiered with mxdwn Music, who noted, “If there was ever a song to get someone out of their funk, it’s ‘New Religion,’ hands down.”

“The message of ‘New Religion’ is a simple one,” shares the band. “It acknowledges the oneness of all life, the oneness of all races, religions and ethnicities, and the basic fact that all humans have the same needs, desires, hopes, dreams, and pains, completely independent of their nation of origin, and that all true human religions and spiritual paths lead to exactly the same loving God.”

“New Religion” follows Circle The Earth’s driving pop-rock single “Sweetest Pain,” currently airing on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country. PRESS HERE to watch the official music video, which recently surpassed 1 million views.

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7. 

Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have also released Dead,” “All The Way,” andDiamonds, amassing almost 3 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

 

Follow Circle The Earth:

Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // YouTube // Spotify // Apple Music

 

For press inquiries, please contact:

Press Here:

Bari Lieberman / bari@pressherepublicity.com

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Circle The Earth Releases New Single “New Religion”

Los Angeles-based multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has released their new single “New Religion.” The hard-hitting track is the latest offering from the female-fronted quintet produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, Dorothy) and co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) alongside the band’s guitarist Kazuki Tokaji.

Stream “New Religion” now below and listen HERE.

“The message of ‘New Religion’ is a simple one,” the band said in a statement. “It acknowledges the oneness of all life, the oneness of all races, religions and ethnicities, and the basic fact that all humans have the same needs, desires, hopes, dreams, and pains, completely independent of their nation of origin, and that all true human religions and spiritual paths lead to exactly the same loving God.”

“New Religion” follows Circle The Earth’s driving pop-rock single “Sweetest Pain,” currently airing on non-commercial and college radio stations across the country.

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent five-piece craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo.

Circle The Earth is fronted by Khadia, a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince. Rounding out the band is founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie), keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan, and guitarist/songwriter Tokaji, who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7.

Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake.

The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single “Could Be You” and have also released “Dead,” “All The Way,” and “Diamonds,” amassing almost 3 million views on their YouTube channel and over 1 million streams on Spotify. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

 

Original posted on The Rock Revival

 

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CIrcle the Earth Vents Magazine Interview

Vents is proud to welcome to our pages an exciting new voice on the music landscape, L.A. based rock band extraordinaire Circle the Earth; greetings and salutations, gangl Before we dive down the proverbial rabbit hole, could you all introduce yourselves to our reading audience?

Khadia (lead vocalist), Sandre Feliciano (drums), Sandy Chao Wang (keys), Kazuki Tokaji (guitars), Mike McBay (founder, bass)

 

Kudos on the recent release of your new single “Sweetest Pain”! Michael, what’s the story behind this captivating new tune?

“The Sweetest Pain” is a song written by our guitarist Kazuki Tokaji and our main outside songwriter Jim McGorman (who works with artists such as Goo Goo Dolls, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne). The song describes some of the inevitable pains of life that are unpleasant but necessary for spiritual growth such as: relationship pains in which a sincere person opens their heart towards another person who is not yet on the same emotional level or not yet ready to be loved so deeply, the bittersweet experience of truly loving another person who is not yet ready for something so real and the inevitable pain that the sincere person feels trying to get the other person to change, to grow and to open themselves to this love, and the inevitable pain that the sincere person feels as they come to grips with the fact the person they love will likely never be ready and that they must slowly accept this fact and pull away, which can be a very bittersweet and painful process.

 

Khadia, the music video for “Sweetest Pain” is visually quite stunning and pairs brilliantly with the song itself. How much creative control was Circle the Earth given on the music video proper?

Our recent video releases for “Dead” and “Diamonds” were more expensive “concept” videos that involved multiple costume changes, etc.so for the video for “Sweetest Pain” we decided to go for a more organic “live” feeling that included much more informal backstage and behind the scenes shots that we hope will allow the fans to connect with us as a band on a more personal level. Of course, there are some exciting live performance shots included in the video as well. So the creation of the concept of the “Sweetest Pain” video was very much a collaborative decision between the band, management, and the videographers K.Haus Productions.

 

Michael, Sweetest Pain was co-written by wordsmith Jim McGorman. What sort of qualities did Jim bring to the table for this remarkable tune?

Jim McGorman is a wonderful discovery for us. He is a very gifted and experienced songwriter in addition to being a Berklee-trained guitarist who is very focused on strong hooks and memorable vocal melody as well as emotional impact. Also, his extensive experiences working with female rock vocalists, like Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne, and commercial rock acts like Goo Goo Dolls really makes him a perfect fit for us. Aside from that, Jim is a warm and real human being who fits in perfectly with our overall positive spiritual energy and integrity.

 

Kazuki, who was the producer on the Sweetest Pain session and what did that collaboration look like in the studio?

Finding rock producer Ethan Kaufman was another stroke of very good luck for us. Ethan is known for taking musical acts with strong potential and adding the “magic” that puts them over the top into a more marketable and modern rock sound on their recordings and this is exactly what he did with Circle The Earth. Ethan is also a guitarist as well with extensive writing and live performance experience on huge stages Gust as Jim McGorman does). Ethan took the song as it existed and re-recorded all of the tracks with a very hands-on approach and suggested very strong changes in the delivery of both the instrumental and vocal hooks that really made the recording much, much stronger and more memorable.

 

Sandro, what do you hope fans walk away with after listening to “Sweetest Pain”?

We hope that the fans walk away with a feeling of empathy and inspiration. A feeling that they are not alone in the challenges of life and also a feeling of strength and determination to push forward along with us on the road to spiritual evolution.

 

Sandy, can fans look forward to checking out Circle the Earth on the tour circuit this summer and into the fall?

We just completed recording 6 singles, produced by Ethan Kaufman, and our current plan is to continue to do local Southern California shows while releasing and promoting each of the singles and videos culminating with an EP release in late January of 2023. Hopefully that string of singles will grow our fan base sufficiently to warrant us to tour in the spring and summer of next year.

 

What are you most proud of in regards to the “Sweetest Pain” single?

The power and emotion of the song. The positivity of the message and the strength of the delivery of the vocals and instruments. The song has a strong punch to it.

 

With the release of the new single can we expect a full-length album rom Circle the Earth in the near future?

Yes, eventually. We’re currently focused on releasing a new single and video every 45 days or so, culminating in an EP release in early 2023.

 

Michael, how did Circle the Earth come together? Is there a Secret Origin story you could share with readers and fans?

I have been pursuing original music here in LA for well over 30 years. When I first arrived in LA, I was blessed to work with a musical genius named Jonathan Ivy, who was a keyboard virtuoso as well as a gifted songwriter and vocal arranger, for 1 0 years. He taught me how to put together musical projects and rehearse them. After working with him, I have a gift for choosing special musicians who have a magic combination of talent and heart. I’ve been working with Sandra, our drummer, for 10 years now, since the first day I met him. We met singer Khadia 6 years ago and she is such a perfect fit for us. Then came Sandy on keys 4 years ago and finally we met Kazuki, our guitarist, 2 years ago. Each of these people is a world-class musician but also a world-class human being whom I feel honored to work with. I would do anything for any of them like family.

 

A question for all of you: Musically, who turns you on?

The musical influences of the band include: Janet Jackson, Prince, Tina Marie, Paramore, Van Halen, Avril Lavigne, Journey, Yes, Too Close To Touch, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Rush, P!nk

 

Khadia, Circle the Earth is based out of the City of Angels, Los Angeles. How does that distinctive locale inform the music of Circle the Earth?

Los Angeles is a very unique place in that artists arrive here literally from all over the world to pursue their dreams and so the overall talent pool here is tremendous and also the level of competition here is equally tremendous. These conditions make it both easy and hard. There are literally 8 thousand musical acts here all trying to dot he same thing we are. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on us to stand out among the very crowded field here in Los Angeles.

Kazui, how is “Sweetest Pain” similar to the group’s earlier efforts in “Could Be You”? How is it different?

“Sweetest Pain” is the first single in which we feel that we have found our defining sound. We feel that we have a very good combination now with the Jim and Kazuki co-writing and Ethan producing. Our previous tracks were good, but we feel that we really have a winning combination at this point.

 

Final – SILL Yl – Question {for all of you!): Favorite movie about the music scene – This Is Spinal Tap, Almost Famous, La Bamba or Backbeat?

“Woodstock”.

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Sweetest Pain

June 20, 2022 – Los Angeles-based multi-cultural rock band Circle The Earth has released their new single “Sweetest Pain” along with its official music video. The driving pop-rock song, co-written by Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls) and produced by Ethan Kaufman (Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera, DOROTHY), illustrates the quintet’s diverse backgrounds and eclectic approach. Anchored by front woman Khadia’s yearning vocals and lightning-bolt rock riffs and solos from guitarist Kazuki Tokaji, “Sweetest Pain” laments the emotional tumult of a romance that’s slowly disintegrating. PRESS HERE to listen and PRESS HERE to watch the official music video, directed by K Haus Studio.

“We’re excited to share our new single ‘Sweetest Pain’ with everyone,” exclaims Circle The Earth. “This song is about when you are living with a situation or a person that you know is not good for you, but you are too afraid to leave it. It’s the devil you know. The pain or stress is familiar and it outweighs the unknown. Coming together in a spirit of cooperation to create music, seeing our differences as strengths rather than weaknesses, and our diversity as a wonderful thing is the overall message that we hope to bring to the world with our music and this song.”

It’s impossible to pigeonhole the sound of Circle The Earth. With a lineup featuring members from across the U.S., Taiwan, Brazil and Japan, all of whom bring extensive professional experience to their music, the independent band craft a seamless combination of rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and even emo. In addition to Khadia (a former background singer for Imagine Dragons, American Idol, and The American Music Awards who has also performed with Mya, Janelle Monae and Prince) and Tokaji (who was born in Japan and began playing guitar at age 7), the five-piece is rounded out by founding member, bassist and Atlanta native Michael McBay, Brazilian-born drummer Sandro Feliciano (who has toured with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Teena Marie) and keyboardist/music director Sandy Chao Wang, who grew up in Taiwan.

Circle The Earth coalesced over the course of several years, first formed in 2018, driven by the vision of McBay and an overall message of bringing people hope, love and truth in a world that can feel maddening and hateful at times. They strive to produce music as positive and uplifting as possible, with messages of unity and inclusion that emphasizes the beauty of diversity and leaves good vibes in its wake. The band officially debuted in 2020 with their single Could Be You and have since released Dead,” “All The Way,” andDiamonds, amassing over 2 million views on their YouTube channel and nearly 750K streams on Spotify. Circle The Earth has also graced the stages of such famed LA venues including The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and The Mint as well as a performance at NAMM, building quite the reputation for their explosive live show.

More music from Circle The Earth coming soon!

 

For press inquiries, please contact:

Press Here:

Bari Lieberman / bari@pressherepublicity.com

 

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Circle the Earth Live at the Whisky A Go Go

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Los Angeles Public Relations, Marketing and Branding firm, EKC PR, has signed multicultural pop rock band, Circle the Earth, to its roster of clientele.

This Sunday, March 20th at 9:00 p.m., Circle the Earth will perform at the iconic Whisky a Go Go on Sunset, where any fan who attends will have free admission!

Formed in 2018, the diverse and eclectic band is comprised of a broad array of renowned artists who stem from all corners of the planet, hence their name.

Not just multicultural, Circle the Earth is also gender inclusive, featuring both male and female artists. The five-member group is electrifyingly fronted by lead vocalist Khadia, whose performance style and soulful powerhouse voice has garnered her an impressive resumé including performing alongside artists like Prince, Kanye West, and Janelle Monae.

Circle the Earth was founded by bassist Michael McBay, with the rest of the ensemble made up of musical talents like world renowned Japanese guitarist, Kazuki Tokaji, Brazilian drummer, Sandro Feliciano, and Taiwanese keyboardist, Sandy Chao Wang.

Currently, the band is writing and recording their first full length album with notable music producer, Jim McGorman, known for working with major artists like Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Weezer, Goo Goo Dolls, and many other household names.

“We are currently writing an album of new material and will be releasing new singles and music videos prior to the album’s completion,” says Michael McBay.

With an emphasis on rock, Circle the Earth’s tones weave an element of pop, soul and hip-hop, while spreading messages of unity, hope and harmony to create a truly unique sound that spans borders and genres. Having recently taken the L.A. music scene by storm with extravagant performances at iconic venues like The Viper Room and The Mint, Circle the Earth will captivate the rest of the county when they embark on a full U.S. tour later this year.

Check out the music video for Circle the Earth’s 2021 single “Dead”, which has garnered nearly 1.2 million views on YouTube, and be sure to listen to the band’s music on Apple Music.

Media Contact:
Eileen Koch
EKC PR
310-441-1000
eileen@ekcpr.com

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