Tiphanie Doucet

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

Tiphanie Doucet is my real name. I just decided to put my last name back! I used to go by Tiphanie. I was born May 10th.

I grew up in the surroundings of Paris. I got into music and dancing/acting very early, learning the Harp, musicianship and Ballet from 7 till about 18 years old.

I always knew what I wanted to do, I studied visual arts at school. I was always dancing at home, making jokes during diner, singing in my room and writing stories on my bed.

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

As I said earlier I learned music very young, but it was a classical training, and I didn’t get to link music and writing till later. I became a professional actress and dancer right after college, and I started singing. From there I wanted to learn piano. I taught myself keys and I learned chords and started writing songs. Later on I tried the guitar but I gave up, I was dating a guitarist. He loved country music and wanted to travel to Nashville. We made the trip, also went to LA, NY…

We ended up signing up for a short program at the Musician Institute in LA. There I learned so much in 3 months that I wanted to stay, I also fell in love with the country. I auditioned while there in an acting school, and when I was back home, they called me saying I had been awarded a merit scholarship. During this time I also started singing Jazz. So I made the big move and settled in LA and then in. NY. I was more a musical theater performer and I was singing Jazz for weddings etc… During a contract in a theater in Wisconsin, I started playing the guitar again. And I wrote my first EP. After It was released , I would go on the subway, on the street, at every open mic to just practice. And I had such great feedback, that I slowly became confident enough and started working as a full time singer guitarist. I also found a personal style, playing acoustic covers. I discovered a great music community where I was, Hoboken/ Jersey City. This is how I met my producer Jason Agel, and was able to record my upcoming EP of which “Lucky Guy” is the single.

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

I am for sure a nostalgic, romantic writer. I think I have a strong pop influence when I write, but still my musical taste always go for simple tunes, singer-songwriter tunes. I wrote “Lucky Guy” after an Instagram post of a friend of mind. He was going through some things in his marriage but he posted a picture of her stating “ lucky guy”. At that time I was just getting over a big break up, and I would meet some guys I like, but it would never go very far. They would end up going and settling down with other women. I compared myself to a wave ( I love surfing) and built the songs around it. When I met my producer Jason Agel, it was the first and only song we were supposed to do together. We worked a lot and he pushed me to embrace that “pop” influence I had, going for more arranged song, and I loved it. The musical bridges in “Lucky Guy” is an example of Jason’s influence, and they became my favorite part and made me want to do a video because whenever I would listen I would see so many images in my head.

Even if the song is sad, I wanted it to be positive, I tried to make the video about letting go of a relationship, moving forward, that’s why it ends up with me throwing myself in the water, like a new beginning.

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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.

Well I was a harpist for 18 years. Then taught myself Piano then guitar. I have been singing for 8 years now. I think being a singer/musician is so much more helpful. About the ups and downs, well I don’t really keep in mind the downs, I am always super excited and keep working hard and making my way where I want to be. I can just say that since the day I stopped needing someone to play for me, everything went faster. As a soloist I could define more who I was and what I wanted. I found my “style”. I guess some “downs” could be some shows I remember playing, or restaurant gigs, and I would feel people don’t care. But I realized it was just about myself and how I would bring the crowd in. Whenever I would forget why I sing, I would stop enjoying myself and the people would not be into the show. Then If I switch my mindset, I would deliver to them something true and the show would be great.

With the years I had to learn to get little less excited for everything because I realized that everything happens with time and work. Sometimes you feel the opportunity is awesome but after you realized it was not that big.

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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.

My “band’ is mostly myself and Sean David Cunningham, an awesome violinist and singer.

We have been playing together for couple of years. I met him during one of my first open mics in Hoboken NJ, where I used to live, and that night I met all the musicians of the area. Hoboken/ Jersey City has tons of live music and super talented musicians and all of them have their own band or project. Then I started playing shows with more musicians, Gerry Rosenthal on guitar, Jack Breslin on Bass. I also met Matt Hartke, a songwriter that wrote this song “Gold” that went viral. He introduced me to Jason Agel, a Grammy nominated Engineer and producer ( he recorded “All of Me” by John Legend). We met and we worked on “Lucky Guy”. After the song was done we were both so happy ; he accepted to work on my EP. He spent lots of extra time on my songs although he was super busy and I truly grew up a lot as a songwriter, working as a team. We worked on the songs, lyrics, music together and recorded everything in his small studio in Jersey City. It was so good, I miss it!

For the video, I met the crew of the Lennon Bus tour during one of my gigs in Astoria. I would sing in a restaurant there, the restaurant had outside speakers. The bus was outside, I went to visit it, and when they learned I was the girl who had been singing for hours, they offered to record a video in the bus of one of my originals.From then on ,we stayed in touch. When the idea of the video started growing in my mind ,I reached out to one of them, Gabriel Sarkis, who was in LA, he added Adrian Halim to the project to direct it and that was it. We planned it, wrote the story line together and  I flew over there. We shot in 2 days, my best friend played my boyfriend, they had picked super great locations. Shooting was so fun, they were 4 of them altogether and 2 cameras. The last take was when I got into the water .That was the best part!

Then I worked on the editing from distance with the editor. It was a long process since its not easy when you communicate through emails or phone, and I had such a precise idea of what I wanted but the editor, Katie Wedemeyer, was awesome.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
Well I guess I have been in the music industry for a while since I had a career as a professional dancer in France, touring, performing on TV etc.. but you know I was just a performer, I was not really implied in an artistic career. I would say I have been pursuing a musician career full time for almost 3 years now. I am discovering the music industry, learning on the spot what I have to learn. I notice I have pretty good intuition and whenever I met some top professional, they would always tell me “Just keep doing what you are doing and it will work”. I kind of believe in that. I never believed the story about “being discovered” etc… to me there is way too many people and talent out there. To me it’s more than this. You need to be your own manager, tour organizer, promoter and on top of that keep writing songs, work on your craft and play play play ! It’s a lot, but I just love it and I like both the promoting part and the artistic part.

My goal would be to get my music out there and get followed enough to tour, make more music with more awesome people, and keep touring. I don’t need to be a huge star, but you now reach that level when you actually delegate and have a team working for you 😉

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

There is no doubt that the emotions I have in my heart are the first reason that makes me write. I have been very sensitive to anything happening around me since I was young. I got a lead role on TV at 15 and would cry on demand with no difficulty. I always say I feel I have emotions inside that always need to get out there and ever since I was young I felt the need to express myself : through dancing painting, writing, singing, acting… Singing my own songs is the most balanced expression for me. It feels so honest and it feeds my soul a lot. Usually I will write lyrics on my phone or on the train or anywhere. Keep them on the side and then at another time  I feel the need to just pick up my guitar and compose the melody. Then if I feel they fit together I will have a song. Then if not I will keep writing and playing till I feel that  I have a song.

Usually when I play and sing what I worked on and I have at the end a burst of emotion, I know the song is born and the feeling is pretty awesome.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
If there was a known formula I guess everyone would make a hit song. I would say well crafted, original, captivating, inventive, memorable. From there, it needs a great performer, honest, hard work, with an image that fits the music, and a perfectly timed promotion.

I know the craft of songwriting is important and it takes some work to make a song the best it can be. But over the years, I noticed that when you stop asking yourself what people want, you create, decide to be yourself and fully commit to your work with this intention, I think this is how a switch can happen, It can be a song that becomes a hit or just doing an awesome show or anything else. And of course, all of this takes TIME.

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

Thank you for listening to my music, donating when I perform on the street ; thank you for your words about my voice. I will keep working hard and I just hope one day I will perform a show and hear you sing along with me in a big hall.

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

Follow your guts, work hard hard hard, be honest to others and yourself.

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

I recorded one EP 2 years ago, self produced in France. My next one is coming in January.

As a dancer I would just just say I am super proud I got the chance to share the stage with Prince in Paris. My personal award is getting my “Extraordinary ability “ Visa and be able to move to the U.S. and stay here.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages  to them via this platform.

I got featured in a blog called “Middle Tennessee Music “ and “The new Jam”

I am just starting the process of promoting and submitting my upcoming music to Radio stations etc…

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

I described earlier how I would write or compose. After this first step, the birth of the song, I would record it at home as a clean demo, then if I work with a producer I would try to think of which other instruments I hear and I would listen to a lot of music to get inspired.

If I can sit down with the producer or a friend musician its great, we make a first session just to work on the song itself. Then when we record we try many things.

I know that if I played the song live  many times, recording the vocals feel easy and natural.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Feist. Ingrid Michaelson. Joshua Radin. The Lumineers. Tristan Prettyman.

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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 artists for sure, the ones I quoted before, but mostly, the producers that are behind these artists’ work. Renaud Letang, Greg Wells…

Also I had the chance to open a show for Anna Nalick, and I would love to work on music with her. And Kerenn Ann, she is French American, I know she produces also. It would be super cool to work with her.

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

Website

http://www.tiphaniedoucet.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ tiphaniedoucet

Twitter

https://www.twitter.com/ TiphanieDoucet

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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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