Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
My name is Scott Cunningham. I’m born in Canada, January 9th, 1995. I had a somewhat troubled youth and lost sight of who I was. After I underwent psychoanalysis I came to the realization that I had to radically change my life, so I did.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I started writing in 2014 and started making music in 2015. I went by CHAM$ or Scottychams. I was introduced to music by a local DJ I befriended who went by Jexell, and now Copyfright. I’ve diligently learned mixing, mastering, songwriting, recording, amongst other music related skills. I have experience in almost everything except production.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I mostly make conscious hip hop, soul, trap, and R&B music. Mostly I do anything in urban music. The concept behind this song was simply about us taking life easy smoking backwoods passing the time in the 9-5 life.

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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.
I’ve worked so many different 9-5 type jobs and was always sick of them. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. With music and being an entrepreneur I finally took control of what I was doing with my time and was able to chase ambitions. I’ve had help from friends but 95% of my work is done by me alone. Whether it was website design, mixing, graphic design, I was learning way around it and or outsourcing. My biggest challenges were lack of resources and my greatest success was resourcefulness.

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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.
I came up with the idea for the song while I was smoking out back with some of the guys I lived with at the time. We were smoking backwoods as per the usual and lately I’d been playing instrumentals trying to get ideas while we were out there. So I started to come up with the lyrics the next few times I was out there and wrote the song over a couple days. Then I recorded it soon after, probably about 6 months ago.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve only been legitimately in the industry and on major platforms for about a year, I started to have an actual presence about 2 years back, and began writing about 3 years back. The most experience I had coming into the music industry was basic music theory, basic experience on various instruments, some amateur singing lessons and some poetic talent.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
My biggest inspiration is finding other people that were like me, stuck. Then to empower them to pursue their passions regardless of parental, financial, institutional, or societal influences. This is one of my biggest inspirations amongst others. Most relate back to enlightening others and leaving the world a more positive place. This song is off a 5 track EP which is titled Make A Life Not A Living and the songs reflect exactly that.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t make hit songs in my opinion, because most mainstream music doesn’t offer much value in the sense of progress. I believe my music brings a message more powerful than heartbreaks, money, or material pursuits, but rather talks about ideas, concepts, theories, philosophizing new experiences and introducing people to things they don’t already know. The problem with it is, it’s not nearly as relatable. My songs that are “hits” are the more pop or trap like ones that are hits because they can be played at clubs etc.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
I’ve only been doing this a short time and I want you to see that my journey can prove that anyone with enough work and dedication can be who they want to be and achieve what they set their mind to.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
I would say: while getting advice from other artists is useful, there’s too much feedback right now and you need to listen to what you want to be. You don’t need to listen to anyone or try to sound like anyone but you. There’s no secret to recording or writing or anything except doing it a lot and practicing. I write, work on music, mix, master, market, and more every day.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
In my short time as an artist I’ve released 58 tracks (4 Eps, 1 album, and several singles). I’ve not performed live yet as I’ve been very focused on making music and for the majority of my musical career I was previously completing a university degree.

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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.
I’ve had 100’s of blogs feature me just from reaching out and sharing my music. On this platform specifically I’ve featured on: Ride The Tempo, That New Jam, Mystic Sons, Underground Industry, Sensei, GetMoneyMusic, and Magnum Network.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I only work with songs I have a strong vibe from. Because of this I’m more or less hit with lyrics now when listening to a great instrumental and then freestyle on the beat a few times. Then mostly I just try to recollect the lines and write them down, repeat and then record it a few days later when I’ve solidified the delivery.

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Name the five biggest artists that you like.
Chance The Rapper, Alex Wiley, Towkio, Taylor Bennett, and Vic Mensa.

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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’ve worked with I am Zeuz, Yankee Irvin Fame, InsertFX, Kenny Duke, L$, LeaveEye, TheRealKButtons, Verich, Fernando, K33l0, and Tyreign The Legacy so far. I’d work with any of them again and probably will. I’d love to collaborate with the big artists I like. 

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Facebook: facebook.com/ScottyChams
Twitter: twitter.com/scottychams
Instagram: instagram.com/scottycham
Blog: scottychamsmusic.com/blog
Website: scottychamsmusic.com
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/scottychams
Youtube: youtube.com/c/ScottyChams

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

iTunes: itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/scottychams/id1096917750
Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/0RIgbSGmvIIbvL2yjQxcfm
Google Play: play.google.com/store/music/artist/Scottychams?id=Aovevplp7u6tcwonq2s37puu45a

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
My happy days are really any day that isn’t a sad day. Long periods of time I had my saddest days, there was never one day that topped the rest, but a chain of self-loathing, overworking, unfulfillment, and looking for happiness rather than making it myself that I can recall of my least fond recent memories. I’m happy really anytime I’m living in the moment 100%, usually just in deep philosophical discussion. My happiest memories can probably be tied to milestones in music, like when my university shared my first EP, or winning a grant, getting verified, each was a huge leap for my career and itself a huge victory for me being a mostly solo independent free artist.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would spend it so frugally on marketing campaigns, mixtapes, features, cover art, video production, spotify playlist features, and probably build a very small studio in Toronto. I would want to make the most out of the money from a business perspective, not from a pleasure perspective. I do not own a car, and I wouldn’t buy one if I had 1 million dollars. It’s not about the money, it’s about progress.

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