Ian Kieffer

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

My name is Ian Kieffer. I was born in the USA on January 3rd, 1992 and I grew up in Los Angeles, California.

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

I began my music career officially by playing shows in New York a couple years ago. My stage name, like my real name, is Ian Kieffer. I started playing piano at the age of 7 and writing songs at the age of 10.

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

I call my genre singer/songwriter with some hints of soul. The point of the song is that I want to be left alone by everything sometimes. Being alone has always been fun for me because I get to dive into my own world of music and writing, so the video is a reflection of that feeling when people are just on top of you, figuratively turned literally.

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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.

All you need to know is that I’ll be making music until I’m not alive anymore.

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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 interchangeable but I’m lucky enough to have a network of great musicians to fill in whenever I need them. My friend Graham Stone at Stone Studio produced this track and my other friend, director Will Dennis, directed the video. Will had some good locations and color concepts in mind so I let him take the reins on that.

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

Been in music industry a couple years. And I just want to build a bigger fan base and play shows for more people each time.

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

I’m not sure what inspires me. Sometimes it’s a feeling, sometimes another piece of music. It can be anything.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Be Paul McCartney.

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

Come out to some shows, listen to the music, share with your friends. Think you’ll like it. If you don’t, that’s OK too.

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

I’m an upcoming “artist” so just keep going.

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

I play primarily along the east coast and west coast. New album coming out in Spring 2018 and I expect to be touring more for that.

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

I usually write a melody first, then lyrics, then build out parts around that structure and then boom, you have a song. Once you’re in the studio you can add all the fun stuff.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Mac Demarco, Paul Simon, Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Vulfpeck.

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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 primarily stayed within myself but Gracie Lawrence of Lawrence, my brother Geordie Kieffer, a friend named Jenn Blosil, Kap Slap. I’ll collaborate with anyone I like.

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

www.iankieffer.com

@ian_kieffer

www.facebook.com/iankieffermusic

www.soundcloud.com/iankieffer

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

Spotify and iTunes primarily.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest – Gabagool being back on the McDonald Dollar Menu – the McGabagool. Saddest – when they took it off.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Investments, paying rent, making music.

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