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

Corjan de Raaf, born in the Netherlands in September 1971. I had a happy childhood much of which I spent in my room writing songs and annoying the neighbors with my guitar.

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

I founded Stage Republic in 2013 with Dutch producer Itsbart. I am a child of the 80s and I have been active in music for as long as I can remember. I am very much a self-taught musician, playing piano, guitar, drums and everything else you can shake a stick at.

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

We make sort of electro pop-rock with strong beats. This is also embodied in the artwork that we use which is always back/white with a touch of orange. Over the years we created a signature sound that is clear and solid.

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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.

Everything? Not sure there’s enough space on the internet…. I have lost count of the number of times my music has been rejected until I decided to do everything myself. I write, sing, play, design, promote and whatever else there is to do. Tons of work and I love out to bits. So good to be independent and I founded Stage Republic as the living example of how that is. After three years it is starting to work out. Itsbart and I have mind-melted musically and we have won a cool IMEA Music Award in Nashville last year. This year we are nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award, previously won by people like Timberlake and Gaga.

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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.

It’s just the two of us. I am the band and Itsbart is the producer. I recorded the song at home in my home studio. Itsbart then turns it into something that is up to the Stage Republic quality level. The guy is a genius guitarist and sound manipulator. We usually ping the project back and forth until it’s perfect. I did the video on my Macbook in Final Cut Pro based on the cover design I made.

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

Been in bands since I was 12 so that would be 34 years and that makes me to sound old. I am always writing. My goal would be to have a song out that many people know and love because they love the vibe, they can relate to what it says and get moved physically and mentally.

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

Everything does but generally it’s people. Relations. Doing the unthinkable, experiencing the unimaginable. Writing is a necessity for me. It’s a need. When I have started on a song I must finish it. It has to get out of my head or I’ll go crazy.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Keep it simple. Write from your heart. Only sing it when you mean it and have been there.

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

It still humbles me to know that people actually take the time to listen to my songs. That’s a big thing that I value more than anything else. Thank you so much for listening. It inspires me endlessly to keep writing about these. Things that we all know and have to go through. The experience makes us grow. Bigger than we know.

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

Believe. Never give up. Never ever. Nobody else will do it for you. People will start really helping you when they feel you can do it fine on your own without them.

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

Stage Republic has 2 albums out Firstage and Authenticity which was only released a month ago. Since the band was founded in 2013 we have had 9 IMEA Award nominations in the US and won 1 for Best Pop Song in 2016. We won a Global Music Award for our song All Out and we also won the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) in the Rock category for that track. We have been nominated for the 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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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.

We are a small act from a small country. I count myself lucky to get quite a lot of airplay. At this moment Stage Republic has songs in rotation on some 100+ radio stations across the world including some cool signature indie stations like IndieXL and Alternative FM in the Netherlands, Zone Radio and Ubuntu in South Africa, Q108 Canada, PFM in France, Skyrose in Sweden, KVMR WIDB, CHMR in the US. We are doing very well in the UK where we have airplay on 9 stations in Scotland alone.

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

I write where I am. I can start with a melody or a line or some words. Usually sit behind my piano or on the couch with a guitar. I do most of the recording in my own studio at home these days and in Itsbart studio. We work in Logic on Mac. I use a simple Shure SM7B or SM58 microphone. I have most fun with a Yamaha electronic drum kit that has suffered quite a bit of aggression from me.

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

Beatles, Duran Duran, Imagine Dragons, Tom Petty, Adam Ant.

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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.

To be honest I have never done a co-project but I would love to work with a good rap or EDM artist. I live close to Breda which is the hometown of Tiesto and Garrix and I would love to do something with these guys.

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

www.stagerepublic.com

www.facebook.com/stagerepublic

www.twitter.com/stagerepub

www.instagram.com/stagerepublic

www.youtube.com/stagerepublic

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

open.spotify.com/artist/2HiFq4yQNNY7DiwicKFgvX

 

itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/stage-republic/id775049899

 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Best day ever: waking on stage in Nashville to perform at the 2016 IMEA’s and then took home the prize

Saddest day: the loss of someone very special never got over it.


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