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

My name is Andrew Manning, I was born in Connecticut in 1995.  My most memorable childhood experience would have to be my first concert, which was Van Halen (I know).

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

I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember.  I started playing guitar and taking lessons when I was in third grade and since then my interest and love for music has only grown.  In the recent 5-6 years I’ve taken a lot of interest in music production and engineering, which led me to produce the first Exit album “Familiar Ground.”  

To me, our band name was just a short and concise way to symbolize moving forward.  The first Exit album came out right as we were finishing up college, and sort of stemmed from the idea of closing one chapter of your life and moving onto the next.

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

We’re certainly in the pop-punk realm. I’ve always loved that kind of music. There’s so much energy and honesty and I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s always resonated with me.

“Familiar Ground” is a song that deals with the way people change as they get older, and how you often lose touch with people you care about even if that was never your intention.  In the music video we wanted to visualize that concept by filling the room with cutouts of old magazines and photos – something to symbolize the past.

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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.

There’s not much you need to know about me as a musician other than the fact that I love making music, plain and simple.  The biggest up of being in music is the rewarding feeling of creating something from scratch and then seeing it resonate with people.  The downs are the pressure and stress that come with trying to work your way up in the industry.

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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 good friend Matt Mendonca plays bass and is also another vocalist in the band, and TJ Piccirillo is our guitarist who will also be lending his voice here and there on our upcoming EP.  I’ve known these guys for a long time and it’s a blast making music with them.

I produced and engineered “Familiar Ground” at my home studio.  It was something I had never done before but had always wanted to do, and I learned a lot in the process.

As for the music video, we worked with Matt Lewis, who helped us conceptualize the video and also did a great job building the set for us.  He was great to work with.

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

If being in the music industry means how long have I been putting out records, my first band put out a record back in 2011.  Every year since then I’ve learned so much about the process of making records, promoting, performing, and writing.  My goal is to keep improving and to keep building on what I’ve already learned.

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

It’s different every time.  Sometimes I just get hit with an urge to write, and other times there’s something specific that happens in my life that I feel I want to vocalize.  To me, music has always been the best way to express myself.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I’m yet to make a hit song, but when I find out the secret I will be sure to let you know 😉

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

I’m incredibly grateful for everybody who has listened to and shown love for our first record.  Thank you.

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

Be dedicated, driven and professional. Always work harder than the person next to you.

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

We released our debut record “Familiar Ground” in February of this year.  We’re very proud of that record and had a total blast making it.  We’re gearing up to release a new EP and just released a new single called “Cliche” with our friends in Locals Only.  Check it out.

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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.

We were lucky enough to be the cover artist for the Alternative Press Discover Playlist.  Huge shout-out to them for featuring us, we’re very grateful.

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

I typically write melodies before lyrics. That’s just always been the way I write songs.  Lyrics for me are often one of the most difficult parts of songwriting, and can sometimes take weeks to finish.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

My current favorite artist changes all the time.  If I were talking about the 5 bands that have had the biggest influence on my life and on me as a musician, they would be: Green Day, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Blink 182 and 30 Seconds To Mars.

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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.

We just put out a single called “Cliche” that features Joey from Locals Only.  It was great to get him on the record.  As for future collaborations, there are so many artists I’d love to work with I don’t even know where to begin.

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

https://www.facebook.com/ExitNewEngland/

https://www.instagram.com/weare_exit/

https://twitter.com/WeAre_Exit

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3jOKYfOuCZf19meuwqMUmj

https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewCollaboration?cc=us&ids=75392545-511527955

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My saddest day was when Jon Snow died, and my happiest day was when Jon Snow came back to life.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Probably at Chipotle.

 

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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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