Butch Parnell

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

I was born David Parnell on August 20th outside of the small town of Red Springs, North Carolina in the southern part of the USA. I had a great childhood. I have an exceptional family.

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

I started playing music at the age of 12. My brother and I both got guitars and I learned a little and taught him some. He quickly became great and I decided I was gonna be the songwriter in the family. My first song I wrote was called ‘Sticks and Stones’. I wrote it on a blank unlined piece of paper in red ink. It was a hit in my 7th grade class. That’s not true, but it would be cool if it were. I went to music school, but they didn’t want to teach me what I wanted to know. I wanted to learn to create. They wanted to teach me how to rehash the same ‘academic’ music. My pop songs were not welcome there. So I finished my degree in 2 1/2 years and got out. I joined a band as a keyboard player(side note I am an awful keys player). I did this for a few years and started writing more of my own songs. I got in a huge fight with the singer of the band and I quit the band and decided to move to New York City(from Charleston, SC). The first 6 months there I didn’t work very much and wrote my first album which I released under the name runaway dorothy. That band did one more album and got signed to a small label. It didn’t do well and the band broke up. I still continued to write and started releasing small EPs every six months under the name Butch Parnell(my dad’s name). Oh and skills. I make some mean fried chicken. I am good at parallel parking and can calculate a tip like no one’s business.

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

I don’t fit neatly into any particular genre, so I created my own. I call my music Alt-Americana. Why not? The concept behind my music is simplicity and honesty. Emotions are complex creatures. I try to explain them as simply as I possibly can. Oh, and the music video is a tribute to KISS. Obviously, it isn’t. It’s a tribute to Motley Crue.

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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.

You’ll have to wait for my novel on this titled ‘Mommas DON’T let you kids become musicians. Seriously, this is a shit business…’.

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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.

The only other members of my band are the other personalities I have in my head. I write the songs. I produce them. I record them. I mix them. So if you hate it I am the only person to blame. The video was made by my manager as I hate doing stuff like that. I am not good at it and it takes me forever to do it.  I am a songwriter, not a graphic designer or videographer.

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

Professionally, I have been in the business about 14 years. Damn, that is a long time. I’d say it’s about time I get really successful. Whatcha think? It’s been a rough ride. It is not for anyone who is sane or faint of heart. If you are crazy it’s perfect for you. What is my future goal? I want to bring singer-songwriters back to prominence. Shine a light on people who write their own music and perform it. I also want to play on SNL.

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

Pepperoni pizza. Dachshunds. Love. Heartbreak.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secret behind a hit song is tempo and making the song about the listener not the singer. Know what time of day your listener will be listening to your song and write your song accordingly.

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

Thank you for listening. You have some many options for music and I am grateful that you took a moment to listen and join me on this journey.

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

Write good songs. Edit yourself. Get ready to have people hate what you do for no other reason than being an asshole. Be prepared to reach people on personal levels you never thought possible. And always have a backup 9volt battery.

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

I have written and recorded two full-lengths with the band runaway dorothy.

The Arc -2008

The Wait -2012

And I’ve written and recorded 5 EPs and one single as Butch Parnell

The Brightness -2015

The Shatter- 2016

The 3rd -2017

#GREAT (single) -2017

The Fall -2017

I was nominated for a Nammy(Native American Music Award) for an album I produced.

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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.

My stuff is being broadcast all over the world right now. Which kinda still blows my mind. I am more successful as a solo artist not on a label than I was as a member of a band on a label. This music business stuff is so funny.

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

I try to write as quickly as possible. I don’t like to ‘think’ too much about writing. I find I become too critical and can’t finish anything. I like to let it come pretty stream of consciousness. I find when music and lyrics arrive at about the same time the song is much better than trying to labor over something. I believe in editing and rewriting, but the first draft needs to be more emotional than rational. I try to carry that over in to recording as well. Keep it simple and convey the song. Don’t get too fancy or predictable.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Noel Gallagher

Ryan Adams

Beyonce

Chance The Rapper

Michaelangelo ( the turtle, not the sculptor)

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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 haven’t really collaborated with anyone. I write most of my music in a dark cave, but I really want to change that. I am getting more into co-writing with other artists and am now obsessed with writing a number one hit for another artist. So I guess I am very open to working with anyone who isn’t a jerk. I don’t do well with jerks.

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

Say please.

www.butchparnell.com

www.twitter.com/butchparnell

www.facebook.com/butchparnellmusic

instagram:butchparnell

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/butch-parnell/id1054393651

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B017DV8VMW?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Butch%20Parnell&index=digital-music&search-type=ss

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

This is just our first date. Ask me that on our wedding day.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d like to retire my parents. Give money to everyone who has helped me get to where I am in life. Donate to the animal rescue SocialTeesNYC. And with the last $25 I’d probably buy a pepperoni pizza from NY Pizza Suprema.

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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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