Beautiful Nothing – Simple Lies

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Anthony Ludgate, Canada, June 9th 1988, Basic suburban upbringing

Luke Ludgate, Canada, Nov. 14th 1986, Basic suburban upbringing

Shane Ludgate, Canada, July 27th 1990, Basic suburban upbringing

James Featherstone, Canada, Sept. 22nd 1988, Basic suburban upbringing

Sven Petrovic, Yugoslavia, April 20th 1990, Basic suburban upbringing.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

For my brothers, Luke and Shane, and I, we started playing music very young. Our parents introduced us to a number of instruments but what really stuck at that time was the guitar. Once we really just started trying to discovered it we just wanted to do it as much music as possible. Once we recruited long-time high school friends James and Sven, Beautiful Nothing became complete.

We’ve matured a lot as artists and song writers since then. Our first songs were written when we were about 13 years old and were very straight up metal/rock. We’ve definitely morphed and grown along the way but there was always a lot of melody in whatever we came up with.

As far as skills Shane has graduated from McMaster University where he majored in music and Luke graduated from Mohawk College for music as well. My brothers and I all had continuous lessons in brass instruments like the trumpet and baritone for years growing up. I do all of our own recordings and James films and edits our videos.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

While still having definite elements of rock and pop our music especially on Sleep Walk is much more electronic based with synthesizers and drum samples. The whole thing overall takes on a dark tone. We were listening to a lot of The Cure, Depeche Mode and New Order kind of bands which I think really rubbed off onto this record. We also were inspired by old cinema like weird David Lynch and Quentin Tarrentino films.

I’d say we’re an alternative/electronic/rock/ pop band if such a genre exists.

The concept behind the music video was to emphasize how time really passes us by in life and how love has a tendency to make time stand still. The song is about this kind of love and how sometimes it can get the best of you if you let it.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

The biggest challenge for us is really just being satisfied with ourselves as artists. There are fleeting moments where we feel completely content with one of our creations but, like with any art, it’s never complete. We might feel like we’ve created something perfect one day our mood change the next day and we’ll want to start it again from scratch. But it’s worth it for those moments of pure satisfaction and we’ve come to accept that art is never fully done, just abandoned when it comes time to release it.

We’ve experienced many highs and lows on our journey as musicians. The highest highs I think come from the feeling I get right after we’ve created something that feels really special to us. In that moment there’s no other high like it. As far as lows we haven’t had to many. Sometimes we can get our hopes up when potential great opportunities arise but don’t end up happening. That can be a real bummer.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.

Our long time friend Mike Greggain had the vision for the video and directed the whole thing. He works for a video equipment rental company so he was able to borrow a lot of the gear we needed. James our bass player helped shoot and edit the video and Shane our drummer had access to a funeral where we shot the end funeral scene.All in all it was a lot of fun to shoot and to pretend to be frozen which can be hard to do after a few drinks.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

We’ve been in the industry a few years and it’s been treating us well. Our fans are great and we’re getting more all the time. We’d love to be able to do more touring so that’s one of our main goals in the future. Otherwise we just want to keep writing and creating content that people enjoy.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Many things have inspired us but for this record the idea of dreams and the subconscious mind was where we really found our inspiration. We wanted to explore what would come out of us if we really just didn’t think too much about it and we surprised ourselves with a record that runs deep with feelings we didn’t know we had.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Not sure we’re the best people to ask about that since we’ve never had one! But if I were to guess, I think a hit song really has to move people and stand out in some way while maintaining a format that conventional radio can swallow.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Be careful with drugs. Everything in moderation.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Do it for you. If you can genuinely say you’ve pleased yourself then there are probably a bunch of others out there who would be pleased listening.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

We’ve had released a self-titled LP and our latest EP called Sleep Walk. We were nominated for a Hamilton Music Award, had our video’s on rotation at Much Music, reached the Top 40 on the College Radio charts, performed on National Television and have had recognition from some of our child hood radio host heroes.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

102.1 The Edge, Y108, college radio across Canada, A Journal of Musical Things (Alan Cross blog), exclaim!, The Hamilton Spectator…  We’ve played CMW, NXNE and Indie Week and opened for The Arkells, Finger Eleven, The Trews, Big Sugar, Big Wreck…

Full list here:

http://www. beautifulnothing.com/press/

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

It starts with being inspired. It could be a cool sound, an emotional situation or just the need to get a song out that’s been brewing internally for a while. From there the process can take many turns. There’s really no set way for us when it comes to writing songs.

Generally I write the lyrics. On this album the main theme to the songs would be the sub conscious and exploring what and who we actually are behind our masks. The subject of dreaming often comes into play, relationships are touched on, death and terminal illness, youth and the unknown future are examined, but all from the point of view of the subconscious.

Every time we do a record it feels like a new experience; like shedding old skin. We made a real evolution in our writing style and creativity with the record. I suppose every time we do a new project there are always new hurdles to overcome and new musical pathways to pursue, so it’s always a new experience but this record represents a significant milestone on our musical journey.

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Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.

Arcade Fire, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radio Head, The Killers, Oasis.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

On Highway to the Sky and Stuck In Clouds, two songs from our first record, we collaborated with rapper Say Talk which was a lot of fun.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day was today because I had pizza for dinner and it was the best pizza I ever tasted. Saddest day was yesterday because all there was for dinner was left over fish.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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