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

Philip Ipsan, born in Havana Cuba on January 2nd, 1951…yes I’m a senior, a minority and an immigrant! I escaped the Castro regime to stay alive and grew up in Spanish Harlem West.

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

I have been writing music for decades, it has kept me sane and has been a great joy in my life. I came up when the Supremes & Temptations, Santana & Cream & Hendrix and many music icons were breaking open the music scene and as kids we tried to mimic their sound and played little clubs in the hoods where people came to drink, dance and it seemed like the party would never end. I studied guitar at Palomba School of Music in Da Bronx but always searched to make my own notes as if I had something to say…it seemed. I formed my own bands and later played with Toro, Rossetta Stone, Chakachas, The Ipsan Brothers and finally The Ipsan Project. Some proud highlights were playing the Apollo Theatre opening for the OJay’s and The International Latin Festival at She Stadium.

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

As a composer I have always attempted to break the one note Samba syndrome and expand to different genres…it all started with Rock, then Latin Rock, then progressive, then Ballads, then Latin Blues and finally the song ‘Do I Believe’ …the song is a Pop spiritual composition I didn’t know I had in me until I wrote it.

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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.

At fourteen I wanted to be a drummer …my parents had just divorced and my mom and I moved around quite a bit…she was afraid we’d get evicted so drums were out but she got me an electric guitar with a small amplifier combo and I went to town! My life was never the same again as I would be lost in my own creative world…as I became more agile as a lead guitarist I was sought after to join bands… unfortunately there was never any adult/professional guidance to steer us in the right direction so we were always limited to little clubs and school auditoriums. McAfee Music tried to turn The Ipsan Brothers into a Broadway act which we were not and would never be so that did not work out.

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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 have worked with some really great people who happen to be musicians with a lot of talent and have assisted me in bringing life to many of my compositions. ‘Do I Believe’ was recorded by an online service with me providing guidance and production notes.

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

I have been in the music industry for decades…there was a long hiatus when I was married and worked to raise a family which I have absolutely no regrets for but once that part of my life was done I started to feed my creative fires went into the studio and recorded The Ipsan Project – Life; with the assistance of my longtime friend and keyboard player Leandro Albuquerque and Vocalist Rhonda Denet. My future goal is to have my music …specifically this song ‘Do I Believe’…in a feature Movie or TV film.

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

Love has always been my greatest inspiration, It’s the intimately raw and personal jolt to the heart that moves me to sit and write about it…I attended a composition class and each week we were given a topic to write about and that opened me up in various ways. I sing only to get the melody and lyric across to the vocalist.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think there’s a difference between a hit song and a song that stands out as a hit and becomes a standard but I believe the secret sauce is in the general identification of the feel of the chorus which needs to grab us…then the beat, then the composition flow, then the lyrics.

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

With this song ‘Do I Believe’ I would like you to think of unity…specifically spiritual unity…not just one type of religious belief but of all beliefs because whether it is in the Bible or Holy Koran or The Torah or any scripture there is one analogous link and that is love for one another and maybe acceptance for each other.

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

Keep the faith and don’t give up.

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

I recorded with TM Stevens, Eddie Colon (percussionist for Al DiMeola)…went on tour with The Ipsan Brothers in the south (very interesting) and we were loved by audiences…I won awards by the International Song Writer’s Contest and KFC Music Song Awards for 2 of my compositions.

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

Many times it is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration; the studio is the most fun place for me in the world! You can see our home made video on you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INOiL1M89UU

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Pat Metheny, Sara Bareilles, Juan Carlos Jobim, John Mayer, Jose Gonzalez…and many more.

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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 have mostly worked on my own but would love to work with Sara, John, Jose, Michael Franks, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Newman, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

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

Music Cloud

https://soundcloud.com/theipsanproject/do-i-believe

Radio Airplay

http://www.jango.com/music/The+Ipsan+Project/Do+I+Believe

CD Baby

https://members.cdbaby.com/Album/Review/philipsan13#

You Tube –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INOiL1M89UU

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The birth of my son and daughter both happiest days and the saddest when my Mom passed away at an early age of 53.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d fly to Tampa pay off my dad’s mortgage buy him a Mercedes and come home, go into the studio in NYC with my crew and record the most kick ass CD I can possibly rip out of my soul!


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