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

Parade of Lights is:

Anthony Improgo – drums/background vocals

Michelle Ashley – keyboards/background vocals

Randy Schulte – bass/background vocals

Ryan Daly – lead vocals/guitar

Fun Fact #1:  Anthony was born in the Philippines. The rest of us were born in the US.

Fun Fact #2:  Michelle, Randy and our manager all have the same birthday: March 19.

Fun Fact #3:  Ryan is the only band member not born on the 19th on any month.

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

We’ve all began playing music in our early teens.  We’ve all played in other bands.  Anthony, Randy and Ryan have been hired touring musicians for various alternative and pop bands over the years.  The three of us were in a band called Polus from 2006-2008.  After that band ended, that’s when we all went on the road with other bands to make money has touring musicians.

We got back together in 2010 after deciding we were tired of playing other people’s music and wanted to give our own band another try.  Michelle joined PoL in 2013.

The band name came from a song lyric Ryan wrote. Anthony thought it would be a cool band name.

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

Defining our genre is tough because we straddle the line between pop and rock with electronic elements playing a big part in what we do.

I think it depends on whom you ask when it comes to our genre. But if we had to put it in a box it would be Alternative.

“Victorious” has a similar theme to almost all of our music: finding a way to inspire you to battle through life’s inevitable adversities.  We always want to inspire people, uplift them and give them hope.  This song follows that philosophy: when things look bad, when the world is against you, don’t give up, keep fighting and you’ll overcome the obstacles in front of you.

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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.

As far as the ups and downs, what day is it?  The cliché is true; the life of an artist is a rollercoaster.  While you’re trying to climb the hill and create a viable career, you’re moving forward one day and back the next.

As far as the “ups”, we’ve had our music placed in a lot of TV shows and commercials around the world. We’ve played some big festivals like Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful and Firefly. We’ve played with some famous bands like Twenty One Pilots, Awolnation, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors and Fitz & The Tantrums.  We’ve had our music played on big radio stations and placed in a big video game (FIFA 16).  We’ve made fans all around the world and met some of the coolest people on the planet at our shows.  We’ve been signed to a major label that financed us making two albums and let us have creative control over not only the music but also the visuals and creative vision.

As far as the “downs,” we’ve been dropped by a former manager, told by agents we weren’t any good, had opportunities we were told we had gotten ripped away from us at the last minute—tours, music placements, radio campaigns.  We’ve had all our gear stolen from us on tour (this just happened in September!) and had a producer threaten to sue us for songwriting credit on a song he didn’t write.  We’ve been told our music isn’t good enough by radio station programmers, bloggers and playlisters.

At the end of the day, we just keep doing what we do.  While you do get excited about the successes and bummed out about the failures, you can’t let anything on either end get in the way of striving to reach your goals.

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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.

All of our recording starts with us and “Victorious” was no exception.  Ryan and Anthony are the writers and Ryan formulates the song concepts and creates the musical foundation for the songs on his laptop.  He also is the primary lyric writer.

With “Victorious” and all of our new songs which will be released next year, we worked with a producer, Carlos De La Garza, who’s worked with Paramore, Wolf Alice, Teenage Wrist and many other bands as a producer, mixer and engineer.  For our debut EP and our first album, we wrote and produced everything ourselves.  For the new material, our label wanted us to work with an outside producer. We chose Carlos because he’s super-talented and because we’ve known him for many years through our mutual connections in the music scene in Southern California.

We co-produced everything with him (and co-wrote three songs with him).  His influence is mainly felt on the more rock feel on many of the tracks.  He’s really great at recording live instruments, while we’re better with the electronic stuff.  The combination of our strengths helped shape the sound and feel of these new songs, which evolved from the more electro-pop feel of our first album.

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

As far as our goals, we want to be headlining arenas some day. It might sound cocky, but we want to reach as many people as possible with our music and feel we have the potential to do that with the music we’re creating.

In the meantime, we want to continue to make the best music we can and hopefully someday soon sustain our lives solely from PoL.

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

We couldn’t see ourselves doing anything else.  All of us quit day jobs or college to pursue music full time.  We could’ve all taken a safer more conventional path and been a lot more comfortable in our lives but music is our calling.

We all have the goal of getting our original music out into the world. The passion for making music is what inspires us.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Hire Max Martin.

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

Thank you all for supporting us and making our music a part of your lives.  We are grateful you found us and found inspiration in what we do. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.

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

Persevere. If you are serious about being an artist, you can’t give up.  The game is hard. The road is long.  Talent helps, but perseverance is the key to any success you may have.

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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.

Right now, there are no radio or TV stations playing our new songs.  But recently we’ve had “Victorious” featured on the MLB Network, NFL Network (pro sports league networks in the US) and on Nike’s Spotify playlists.

We’ve also had great reviews for the first new song we released this summer called “Touch” in the following blogs:  Earmilk, Idolator, Writtalin, Fourculture, Baeble, The New Nine and Alternative Press.

We appreciate all the support we get from these tastemakers in the music business and don’t take any of it—big or small—for granted.

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

Ryan writes most of the lyrics and creates the musical foundations for the songs. He’ll come in with a melody or a hook and we’ll create the song template around that.  The full lyrics typically come last, inspired by the song’s structure, vibe and musical palette.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

As far as big artists go, we love U2, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Metallica and M83.

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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 done a lot of collaborating with other artists on our own songs to date.  Honestly, we’re willing to collaborate with almost anyone who’s talented to see what might work.

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

https://www.paradeoflightsmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/paradeoflights/

https://www.instagram.com/paradeoflightsmusic/

https://twitter.com/paradeoflights

https://www.youtube.com/user/ParadeofLightsVEVO

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/parade-of-lights/338303365

https://open.spotify.com/user/paradeoflights

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

You have to at least date us for a while before we reveal that.  We’re not that easy.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Promoting Parade of Lights, of course (and maybe putting a little money in each of our pockets).


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