The Farewell Broadcast

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

 My real name is Logan Johnson and I was an American born abroad, in Germany. I was born on 12/05/1985. A great childhood experience I had was picking up my first Blink-182 CD. From then on all I wanted to do was write music and make it as catchy as possible.

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

I’ve been playing in bands and solo, since about 2000.  Here’s a list of all my bands names, in chronological order:

Pawn, The Substandards, Beyond Nothing, The Brightside, Never Say Never, The Lookout, STRNGRTHNGS,  The Year of Light, Lowlander, and The Farewell Broadcast.

My background in music is heavily based on story telling and catchy melodies. I was raised on Johnny Cash, Bon Seeger, The Beatles, Etc… because of these influences and how I interpreted them, I developed better as a songwriter, than a technical guitar wizard.

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

My genre, from what I understand, is singer songwriter or simply acoustic. The concept behind my project (The Farewell Broadcast) is a lonely astronaut that writes sad songs on the moon. This is especially apparent in my latest EP, “Signals.” I do have a music video for my song, “Signals,” from that EP, that I released a week or two ago. My next single will be, “Ashes,’ which is the song I submitted to you.

The Music video for, “Signals,” is literally a love letter written to someone on earth, from the moon that was animated by an extremely talented, UK artist, by the name of Declan Wilson.

The song, “Ashes,” is about a melodramatic existence… one that we all have the ability to change within our own lives, but choose not too, in favor of an easier, but sad existence.

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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, I’m extremely receptive of other genres. I use to pigeon hole myself by only listening to a certain style of music, but now I draw from every style, to make myself a better musician. I also find priority in my lyrics and melodies, over the technicality of, said music, I write. There’s beauty in simplicity and I aim to perfect it, in my own little way. As far as ups and downs… there are a LOT of them in this industry. The ups come from creating something from scratch and babying it until it’s ready to be released upon the world. To know that something I created can help someone I may never meet get through a tough time, is one of the greatest feelings ever. Along with this, comes some of the downs… a lot of people can be extremely judgmental of art, as it’s subjective… however, to give nonconstructive criticism to something as personal as art, can hurt. No matter how thick your skin is, it still stings. This can derail, even the strongest, of artist’s.

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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.

In, “The Farewell Broadcast,” I am the sole member. I write all the music and lyrics. Some songs, especially the one I shared with you, “Ashes,” I do have a featured artist singing with me. Her name is Shaina Rae and she’s absolutely, lovely. Another song on my EP, “Loved and Lost (Pop Punk Version)” features Mike Herrera of the famous band MxPx and drummer, Ben Hilzinger, to help me bring one of my acoustic song’s too Pop Punk, full banded, glory.

 “Ashes,” was recorded by my good friend, Milo Eubank, at his Seattle, WA studio, “Lost Boys Studios.”

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

In the actual industry, I’d say since 2005… so about 12 years now. So far it’s been up and down, but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world! The good and the bad is what make me, me, as a musician.

My goal is to, someday, make a modest living using music and visuals to tell stories. Regardless, I’ll never stop writing and making music. As long, even just one, person finds something positive in my music and writing… I’m happy and that makes it all worth it.

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

I’d say life, all aspects of it.  Experiencing good and bad, then taking those experience’s and crafting music and words around them is satisfying on a whole other level than anything else.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

In my opinion, it’s all about the melody and how relatable the lyrics are. People want to be able to put themselves in the writers shoes and that’s a lot easier to do when the song is catchy and fun to listen too.

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

If you like my music, pass it on to as many people as you think would like it or could benefit from it! Let it inspire you to do your own art, of any kind and if it helps you in a tough time, awesome. The song’s ours, not just mine.

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

Don’t pigeonhole yourself and miss out on experiencing good music from other genres. You’ll become a better musician by being receptive to stuff you’re not usually listening too. Also, don’t give up. No matter what someone tells you. Grow some thick skin and remember, people that offer non-constructive criticism are, typically, jealous and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Have fun, above all else!

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

I’ve never toured as a solo act, but I have toured with my band in the past. Nothing beats getting out there and sharing your music with new people. I hope to get out there and tour as a solo act, sometime soon!

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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.

As far as blogs, I’ve been featured on: One stop record shop, music injection, and music for the heart. Nothing on TV or movies, yet… although I would love that!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. I’m very unorganized in the writing process of my music, which makes it difficult at times. I’m always getting a ahead of myself, by working on lyrics and music at the same time… I’ve tried so hard to separate the two and make the workflow easier, but I always end up falling into the same process. When it comes to recording, though, I always record guitar rhythm guitar, lead guitar, piano/ synth, and then vocals… in that order.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. My favorite artist’s, of all time, would have to be: Blink-182, Thrice, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, and Elliot Smith.

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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 this EP I collaborated with my good friends, Shaina Rae and Ben Hilzinger. I was also lucky enough to have one of my hero’s sing with me on a track. His name is Mike Herrera and he’s the singer and bassist for the pop punk band MxPx. I’m willing to collaborate with anyone willing to collaborate with me, though!

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

 www.Farewellbroadcast.com

https://www.instagram.com/theghostinmyheart/

https://twitter.com/GhostInMyHeart

https://www.youtube.com/user/skarfunkus

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-farewell-broadcast/id1055672464

https://soundcloud.com/thefarewellbroadcast

https://thefarewellbroadcast.bandcamp.com/

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thefarewellbroadcast5

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day, so far, is the day that I really clicked with my guitar and figured out how to actually use it… haven’t looked back since. I try not to focus on the sad days, as it usually comes out in my music… so give my songs a listen and you’ll be able to get an idea of what my saddest day consisted of.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would take care of my parents, first of all, for all they’ve done for me and put up with. Second, I would figure out some way to invest the money into an art’s program for kids… it seem to be disappearing in my country and that’s sad. Without art, there is no life.

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