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

My name is Sam McFerron. I was born in the United States on March 23, 1995. My first piano competition as a child I got to perform Hedwig’s theme from the Harry Potter movies. My piano teacher was so cool because she let me play movie music instead of forcing me to play only classical music.

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

I’ve always been passionate about music, but I was lucky to have parents that really supported me in it. My mom bought me 7 years of piano lessons, starting in the first grade. After I started writing my owns songs and showing a real interest in pursuing music for the rest of my life, my dad built me a recording studio in our basement and I started playing around with ProTools and composing electronic music. I chose the band name Freejays because jay birds are very bold, loud, and curious, (like my generation) and I want my music to give people a sense of freedom, like the bird in my logo flying out of a cage. 

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

Piano is my first and favorite instrument, so I try to incorporate it into most of my songs. My genre is indie pop and indie electro. “How to Love” is based on several relationships I had with women growing up. They didn’t work out, but they taught me how to feel emotion

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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.

My first few singles released on YouTube have done very well, but my latest album has been slower getting off the ground, maybe due to the fact it is more electronic and the fans I made from my first few acoustic singles were maybe hoping for more acoustic songs. The problem I face is committing to a certain sound. I love to experiment, but hopefully as I continue in my career I’ll settle on a consistent style that is uniquely “me.” 

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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.

Currently, I am the only band member, though I’ve collaborated with a songwriting friend of mine Mark Weaver for his song “Strawberry Stars,” featured on Freejays’ debut album. I am my own producer and music video director (Currently, I have two music videos out: “Brother Where Are You?” (a bromance song) and “Entonces Sabras” (a Spanish love song) ). The debut album was mixed and mastered by Doug Weier (Lonely Planet Production).

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

I’ve been releasing music since 2015, but this debut album is my first studio quality production. I would love to make performing a career. Some of the songs I’ve been working on deal with depression and overcoming loneliness and I want to be able to sing these songs over people so they can experience both my pain and the hope I’ve gained through coming out on the other side. 

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

I draw from my own experience as someone who was very lonely in high school and suffered from bipolar depression. I was so focused on making music then that I didn’t make friends. So what keeps me making music now is the idea that if I put what I learned through those tough years in my music, life might be a little easier for some people. 

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Making a hit song is all about a happy balance between making a song catchy, but also emotionally sincere. 

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

Thank you fans for giving me so many encouraging comments on YouTube. It really helps. Also, if any of you out there struggle with mood disorders or self harm, just look at me! You can get through it and still pursue your dreams. A lot of times our struggles can become gifts we give to others. 

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

Be genuine. Everyone has their own unique story. If your doing it right, making music should feel bigger than you, like your reaching people and you have purpose. And of course, learn how to run targeted Facebook ads and how to start an email list. And don’t rush the process of getting a song just right.

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

I recently released Freejays’ self-titled first album. Several of those songs I submitted to the Unsigned Only contest. My most successful song so far has been “Hitchhiker,” which has over 2,000 views on YouTube, and lots of lovely comments I can go read whenever I feel down or like giving up (it happens to all of us). My latest music video, “Brother Where Are You?” was so much fun making. It’s about my intense longing for brotherhood (I didn’t have close guy friends growing up). Check it out if you want to see me sing from inside a refrigerator (a symbolism for loneliness). 

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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. 

Alex Rainbird was the first blogger to feature me on his channel. I owe him a lot because he’s the reason “Hitchhiker” and “You’ll Be Fine” have so many views. 

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

To write a song, I sit down and start improvising and record whatever comes out. Songs just come to me. After I have a rough recording of vocals and piano down in ProTools, I start layering in synths and percussion. Then I practice the vocals for about a week. After that, I dedicate 2 or 3 hours to recording the vocals. I do several takes, then I go back and take the parts that have the best pitch and connect them into a final track. This allows me to not use auto-tune. If I find a tuning error, I just go back to the basement and record that part again. 

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Coldplay, Owl City, Snow Patrol, Florence and the Machine, and Chainsmokers.

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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 would love to collaborate with Coldplay, Owl City, or Zedd.

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

https://www.freejaysmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/freejaysmusic

https://twitter.com/samuelmcferron

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

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/freejays6
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/freejays/id1288826236?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I told one of my friends I felt depressed and wanted him to hold me for comfort and he did. My saddest day was ending up in the mental hospital for self harm. However, the other guys there were friendly and we all got along.

19. Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

With a million dollars, I would make the novel I’m working on into a movie.


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