Garrette & Axel

FRESH: ‘Better Late Than Never’ – Garrette & Axel

Garrette & Axel release their debut EP, “Better Late Than Never”

Garrette Simmonds and Axel Jed Alinsub have come together to make music. They have just released their debut EP, “Better Late Then Never”, a mixture of Dancehall, Reggae, Pop and R&B music. The pair met at an Indie concert in New York City and have performed at the Santacruzan Festival in Jersey City and the Real Radio show in Long Island City. The duo tell us: “We were blessed enough to perform on the same stage as Wonder Mike from the Sugar Hill gang”.

The EP was recorded in Manhattan, New York. It was inspired by their individual heart breaks, fantasies and the pursuit of peace/happiness. The song, “Beautiful”, is a reggae pop single about being in love with a beautiful girl that just might “be the death of you” while “Your love” is an R&B song that is about being crazily in love/addicted to some one to the point, that it might become unhealthy.

“Ooh La La La” is a provocative song that speaks about the fantasy of having a 3some(!) “Letting Go” is about closing that chapter on a relationship that has become toxic. And last but not least, “Escape” an uplifting song. After all this heart break, sometimes we all need a little escape from the craziness of life to regroup.

Since forming, Garrette & Axel have received a sponsorship from FIAT USA via Reverbnation due to being placed in the top 10 for pop music in the FIAT USA Band prix competition for their song “Letting Go”. The sponsorship provided world wide digital distribution with major digital distributors and a Electronic Press Kit. The boys add: “‘Better Late Than Never’ we believe that the quote basically sums up how we feel. Our time will come even though it might be late”. You decide…

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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!