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

Doug Bush, USA, 4/28/90, I grew up in LA. I was raised by a Dad who loves classic rock and a mom who loves showtunes, which led to my unique songwriting style. It has definitely shaped the way I write music. My last album, Shadows and Dreams, has an interesting mix of genres. I first took piano lessons but as a child I always hated the practice songs they would assign me. I usually slacked off and creating my own melodies. After songwriting privately for years, I finally decided to start recording some of the songs I was writing. The rest is history. 

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

My artist name is Doug Bush. I have released an EP, Heart Parts, and a full length album, Shadows and Dreams. My songwriting style varies and mostly depends on which instrument I am writing with. When I write with my piano, it is more of an indie-pop-rock sound. On ukulele, my lyrics are much simpler, and the meaning is usually more on the surface. When I write on guitar, it is almost more of a folky feel. And my lyrics tend to be more melancholic. I sang in high school where I was the student conductor of my chamber choir. I sang for several honor choirs. In college I took vocal training lessons for several semesters and participated in choir and musical theatre. My favorite role I got to play was Bert in Mary Poppins. My experience with musical theatre definitely has influenced the way I sing and I’m sure has impacted the way I song-write. I wrote this song, as I was living in Hawaii. Much of this was created as I practiced in my hammock, overlooking the ocean on the North Shore of Oahu.

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

My genre on the ukulele is definitely inspired by the Hawaiian islands. This song production and composition was influenced by Vance Joy and the All American Rejects which sounds like the strangest combo but it’s true. The music video was an afterthought. This was the first music video I ever produced. I honestly never intended to make videos but one day I was sharing some of my music with my friend and she gave me the idea to make music videos. So naturally I wanted her to be the leading lady in my first one. I wanted the video just be a huge explosion of all the fun things to do during summer, especially if you fall in love. The song itself is written about a summer romance when I was back home from school.

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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. 

As a musician, the hardest thing has been balance. I can’t afford to do this full time yet, but it is what I am passionate about. So in the end, if I were to never make a penny, I would still do it. It takes a lot of time and sacrifice to make it work but I love sharing what I create with people. It means so much when someone enjoys what I imagined for so many months during the songwriting process. It’s always exciting to hear your song come to life in the recording studio after so long of you being the only one to hear this tune in your head.

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

Colin Hatch is my good friend and music producer. He is a talented sound engineer and musician. He has been in several bands and groups himself. RJ Idos was the director of my music video. He is a very talented artist who has had some Disney-Parody videos go viral. The video was a one day shoot. We tried to cram as much in as we could since summer was on the verge of ending! But we did and I think it turned out well. The most challenging part was hiking up to the waterfall which I don’t think any of us were prepared for. But we somehow made it.

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

I have been songwriting for as long as I can remember but have been making my music public for only a little over 3 years. The dream would be to become a name that people recognize. I would love to be able to influence other artists and songwriters the way that so many have inspired me. I have only been making videos for the last year. You can check out my page on youtube or Facebook by searching @dougbushmusic.

I have tried to do something different with my videos. I want to tell a story or show something, and not just sing to a camera. There is too much of that. What’s the point of making a video if it doesn’t show something different with the song.

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

What inspires me to compose, song-write, and sing? First of all, these melodies just pop in my head. What else am I supposed to do? They didn’t exist before so I want to bring them into existence. I get a total kick out of it. Secondly, I am always looking to improve. I believe that drives me. To always be looking to make the next song better than the last.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.  

Everyone’s style is different. For me, I always start with the melody. The lyrics come later. Sometimes the lyrics will come as the melody pops into my head. But I never go lyrics first. Melody is king in a song. Lyrics are secondary. This is proven all the time. How often do you hear someone start to sing a song stuck in their head and forget the lyrics? They continue humming the melody and might add in la-la’s are nah-nahs because they don’t know what the right words are. But they almost always remember what the right notes are. That is what they remember. Melodies are what stay in the head. Lyrics are what connect you to that catchy tune stuck in your head. But for me, if the tune isn’t good, there is no reason to let it just be a poem.

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

I’d love to tell anyone that appreciates my music thank you. Also don’t do drugs or make stupid promises.

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

My advice for anyone that aspires to become a songwriter is that it doesn’t come by accident. Trial, error, and practice is what develops you. You can hear who the experienced songwriters are. I don’t consider myself to be anywhere close to where I want to be. There are so many songs that I have written and have looked back on thinking, what was going on in my head when I wrote that lyric. It’s so bad! I’m just grateful I’m learning and understanding how to write more effectively.

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

My latest album, Shadows and Dreams, is an album about what I experienced over a few years in my life. It’s all about something, whether I’m singing literally or metaphorically. It all has meaning. They way each song was produced was largely based on what I was listening to at the time. I was on a huge Beatles and Chicago kick during part of the production process. One song with trumpets could have easily sounded more like an Alt J song. It’s just what I decided to do with it in the end. Maybe someday I’ll remix some of my own stuff.

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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.  

Colin Hatch was a huge help for helping me get these songs to sound how they sounded in my head. Also shout out to Momma and Papa Bush for the love and support. My mom is my biggest fan, as every mother should be. She doesn’t let me forget. She is the one that first trained me vocally. You don’t hear that style of singing anywhere on this album, but that’s what it all stemmed from. Also shoutout to BYU and BYU Hawaii for allowing me to grow and develop as a musician as I attended. Lastly, I’m grateful to God for blessing me with the talent and desire to create something that wasn’t there before. Truly an awesome experience.

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

I go through so many revisions. There were some songs on my last album, where I was finishing up lyrics the same day I was recording everything. I like to sit on lyrics a lot afterwards and listen to my songs again and again to make sure I really like it. Even then, I still let some lines or melodies, or even songs fall through the cracks. It’s a process.

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

Ben Folds, Thom Yorke, Ryan Tedder, Paul McCartney, and Freddy Mercury. These guys all have very different styles but I am in awe of their craft and how they song-write. They all write so differently and create something so unique, but amazing.

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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. 

I have collaborated with Caitlyn Cope who I’m convinced is an alien. She has maybe the best live voice I’ve ever heard. I look forward to create something with her again. I am also in the middle of a project with Monica Moore Smith. We will have a fun little diddy out soon for y’all. I would love to collaborate with songwriters who have inspired me. The list is long but it includes: Ben Folds, Ingrid Michaelson, Ryan Tedder, Muse, Weezer, the Brandon Flowers, etc.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.  

My handle is @dougbushmusic on all social media platforms

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.  

I am on just about every major online music store. When in doubt, search me out.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Saddest day: Heartbreaks and deaths of loved ones are never fun. Happiest day? Honestly, my life is pretty great. Even on the bad days, I have a hard time feeling I don’t live an awesome life.


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