FRESH: ‘Smoke Drink Party’ – Reigen

Introducing Brooklyn synthpop singer-songwriter Reigen and his current release “Smoke Drink Party”

by Christopher Smith

Reigen Miller, known as Reigen, is a singer-songwriter-producer based in Bushwick, Brooklyn who creates memorable heart-driven synthpop. His music features cinematic lyrics, eclectic electronic beats and smooth, bright vocals and has been featured on over 40 music sites including Hype Machine blogs Son of Marketing and Sodwee and called “infectiously catchy“, “heavenly“, and “magnetically inviting“. Guided by interests in the history of pop music, extensive wikipedia-ing, and his own imagination, Reigen’s blend of musical influences, most clearly new wave, disco, RnB and current top 40 radio.

His recent house inspired single “Rollin” was described by Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 as ‘gorgeous, poised vocals over a gossamer production’. His ‘heavenly’ vocals and ‘left field’ production in songs like Rollin and laid-back track Weekend have earned global attention from Clash Magazine, HighClouds, PopMuzik, Wolf in a Suit, BronxnetTV, OUTtv, Son of Marketing and many more.

He released a cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams” in late 2017, weeks before the passing of Dolores O’Riordan, a tribute to her epic talent and timeless inspiration.

He’ll be releasing a series of singles throughout 2018, starting with the emotional “How To Make Love” which debuted on Popmatters, saying ‘remarkable lyrics speak to the vexing questions of the day as the world grapples with difference of many stripes and global political instability.

Of his work, Reigen says ‘love stories and hook up stories are a way to escape and renew and others are my road to healing.’

Wishing you all the best Reigen, you got it!

Keep in touch with Reigen through his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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