Broadtube Music ChannelAnimal Years

November 21, 2017by Kolade Olamide0

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

Mike McFadden from Baltimore MD. Grew up in Baltimore City.

Anthony Saladino from New Jersey.

Anthony Spinnato also from Baltimore.

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

Animal Years was formed in 2013 when Anthony Saladino convinced Mike to move to Brooklyn and start a new band for his original songs. The moniker Animal Years is from one of Mike’s favorite albums by Josh Ritter. We’ve reinterpreted the name to our own meaning: give it all you’ve got and live your life in animal years.

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

We were once described as folk music with the amps turned up. It’s a strong singer songwriter vibe, with rockin’ party accompaniment. The song is about all of our friends and the music video is about to be released. It was directed by Anthony Saladino and features a dreamlike dance sequence that is reminiscent of the childhood and current friendships that the song is written about.

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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.

Our experience has been totally organic growth. We’ve continued to build our team from the ground up, piece by piece, culminating in signing a record deal with eOne this year. We’ve also built our fan base in New York selling out larger and larger venues as we naturally progress to bigger rooms. It’s been a lot of hard work and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our team, friends and love ones that this song is really about.

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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.

Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) produced this record which was a blast.  We went up to Woodstock and recorded the five songs with him and we’re really happy with how the EP came out. The video was shot in Corinth NY and directed by our own… Anthony Saladino.

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

Mike McFadden has been recording since 2006, the band formed in 2013. Spinnato has been playing his whole life and Saladino learned to play bass in college to play with McFadden. Our goal is to keep progressing together and giving 100% till we reach the top!

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

Life experiences, relationships, being in a band, being on the road and being away from your friends/family. Living in NYC is really inspirational too because everyone is hustling.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If we told you that we’d have to kill you.

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

Thanks for all of the support and this song is really about you. We’re never going to change – you’ll always see us out there engaged and ready to party.

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

You can’t do this alone and you can’t get anywhere if you don’t give 100%.

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

We released one full length album in 2014 called “Sun Will Rise” and our most recent release, an EP called “Far From Home”. Our first single off of our new EP, “Caroline,” shot out of the gates pretty well with over 650,000 streams and counting on Spotify and is being played on radio stations across the country, which we are really excited about!  We’ve also had some good success in the sync department.  In fact, you can hear “Caroline” in episode 8 of the current season of Shameless.  As for the road, we’ve had a couple touring highlights including playing Firefly this past summer, which was amazing, but our top touring highlight has to be playing Bowery Ballroom in NYC for the first time.  Not only is NYC our hometown, but that room has such history so it was an honor to play there. We are currently planning a national tour for Spring 2018 but in the meantime, we have the pleasure of playing a handful of shows with the incomparable Martin Sexton. With the release of “Friends,” our 2nd single off of “Far From Home”, we’re looking forward to what 2018 has to offer.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well.

​Just some: ​

​90.5​ The Night

Kink 101.9

WTMD

Balcony TV

WBJB – Lincroft, NJ

WEXT – Albany, NY

WOCM – Ocean City, MD

WPYA – Birmingham, AL

WZEW – Mobile, AL

WFIV – Knoxville, TN

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

Mike writes all of the songs. For this EP we went up to Corinth NY and fleshed out 15 songs to bring to a producer. Ryan Hadlock flew out from Seattle to work with us in Woodstock. He mixed back home at Bear Creek in Seattle and it was mastered by Greg Kalbi in NYC.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Nathaniel Rateliff, Vulfpeck, Martin Sexton, Joseph, The Head and The Hearts.

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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 haven’t worked with anyone before. We’d love to work with some New York acts, Stolar and Bailen.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Anima lYears/

https://www.instagram.com/anim alyearsmusic/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/animalyear sband?lang=en

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/al bum/far-from-home-ep/127791357 7

https://itunes.apple.com/us/ar tist/animal-years/667987203

https://open.spotify.com/album /1IMwDppV8lmL7S2HFj0vve

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Our happiest days are playing music and opening for our heroes like Martin Sexton. Sad days are depressing.

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Tell us how you would spend a million dollars.

We would buy a house somewhere to write, record and make music.

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