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

The group consists of me, Gabriel Bethel (7/14/1992), and my two brothers, Justin Bethel (6/17/1990) and Dione Bethel (6/8/1986).  We were all born and raised in the USA.

We all grew up in a household together watching my father play at home and in church.  One by one we picked up our own instruments and joined in.  Playing together, making music helped us to bond together as a family.

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

Right now our musical career is just beginning.  We call ourselves “House of Bethel” because it perfectly explains who we are as brothers and where our musical lessons began.

Dione started playing the Piano at 8 or 9 while Justin was banging on pots and pans way before he got to practice on a full drum set.  I on the other hand was the latecomer, not picking out the trumpet until beginner band in 6th grade.  I’ve since tried to catch up my extending my learning into a Music degree from The University of South Carolina.

The greatest part is that we all bring different things to the table from our development as players.  Dione excels at lyricism in his playing, Justin in laying down killer grooves and me in writing and bringing musicians together.  Underlining the birth of our musical talents and our name, House of Bethel, lead us to entitle our debut album “ORIGINS”.

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

We wanted to make music that would both show our unity as a group and capture our individual strengths.  We felt the Jazz community was a perfect fit for this ambition.  In this piece entitled, “The New Boss”, we aimed to emphasize the Latin side of jazz overlaying a fresh new melody over a standard Bossa Nova framework.  The name is a play on words of the Bossa Nova style itself.

Our music video for “The New Boss” was shot by Will Thomas of Space Cherry Films.  In it, we have the story of a man and woman going out for a night of music and romance while the man secretly prepares to pop the question.  The tables have been cleared, the music played and the dance floor emptied when he asks her to spend their life together.  Find out how it ends by checking out our video.

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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 I mentioned before we are relatively new to the business of music as a group but we’ve experienced some of the ups and downs already.  Everything leading up to release week is a slow rush, like a rollercoaster slowly rising upward before the big drop.  Media and music have to come together into a memorable first impression that leaves people talking about you.  We released our Album “Origins” April 7th, 2017 to a sold out crowd @The Big Apple in downtown Columbia.  Everything went GREAT, but the drop is where the real ride starts.

Radio and TV opportunities weren’t popping up as easily as we’d imagined and we were forced to re-evaluate our strategy.  After a few months of getting minimal feedback with our hired consultant, we prayed about it and decided to take matters into our own hands.  Since we’ve been handling things ourselves we have begun to get results.  Now the ride is starting to pick up!

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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.

Other than my brothers and me, many of my collegiate music friends helped to make this song and album possible. I’d like to thank Jonathan “Piano Man” Lovett, Jonathan “Guitar Man” Knott and Manning Paul on bass. Jmichael Peeples also sat in with us on a track and has his own killer album “ENIGMA”.  Also thanks to our dad, Chris Bethel, for his help.

Shot by Will Thomas of Space Cherry Films, our video was shot in and around DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro of Downtown Columbia.  The restaurant was kind enough to cater the entire night for us and if you’re in the area their food is even better than it looks on film!

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

My first look into the music industry came from watching my father produced his own music under his record label Page Two Productions.  He started with just God, himself, a piano and a dream, and 6 albums later has seen a way made for himself in the Gospel arena.  Our first experience playing together in a studio was actually on our father’s CD, Atmosphere Control “Peace”.  You could say that it was our training ground to forge our own musical paths.  Thus, when we say House of Bethel, it is a house that it is built on a firm musical foundation.

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

Inspiration for composition can come from anywhere.  For me, the music usually appears to me as a finished work, like when you cut on the radio and hear a song.  Sometimes it’s in the middle, sometimes at the end.  Then I go about figuring out the chord qualities that I’m hearing along with any other parts to the tune.  I recently wrote a piece that came to me while watching the blur of street lights as we drove by in the night. “The New Boss” was a combo of that radio feeling and me wanting to use a particular musical structure I’d seen before.

Improvising to me is all about preparation and inspiration.  The preparation part is like a painter’s paint and tools, made up of musical ideas and lines that you’ve worked on and gotten under your fingers.  However, the magic comes from putting paint to canvas.  Inspiration gives you the spark to create a masterpiece.  Sometimes you have to be a bit of an actor to get yourself in the right mind set to play or sing a particular tune in a way that paints a beautiful picture for both yourself and the listener.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Ha-ha!  I’m not sure that I am qualified to answer that question but I’ll throw my thoughts in the ring.  I believe the most important thing is not the quality of recording nor skill of the individual.  Those things help but are just garnishes to the dish.  The most important thing is whether people relate to and are moved by the music.  Bob Dillon didn’t have the greatest musical skill set in the world, but his delivery of his message seemed to always hit home with the majority of listeners.

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

Be courageous and determined to follow your dreams and have a plan.  Courage and determination only work if they’re focused in the right direction.

Surround yourself with those who will encourage and support your dreams.  Don’t disregard the wisdom of those who came before you.  Learn from their mistakes and their failures.  If you believe you can’t achieve your vision, then you won’t.

Lastly, but most important, let God guide your life in all you do.  There’s not a friend like Jesus.

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

Have a good team around you to help navigate all the logistics of your musical endeavor.  Also, have someone in your ear you trust who can tell you when you’re doing something dumb.  Do the music you love and “don’t despise the day of small beginnings”.  As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

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

“ORIGINS” is our debut album release for House of Bethel so we’ll wait on the awards.  Right now we’re working on scheduling a tour in the spring/summer of 2018.  Keep watching and we’ll keep you posted!

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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’re currently playing on WPRL 91.7FM in Mississippi on the broadcast of Jerome Myles Sr.  In California we’ve had some successful feedback from KPOO San Francisco and Joe Kocherhans of Jazz 88 San Diego.   Stereofox has added us to their “Discover Weekly” playlist and we’ve been scheduled to have an upcoming blog post/review with Poule D’Or.

Tune in with Francesca of KPOO @7pm Pacific/ 10pm Eastern to catch our House of Bethel tunes and interview!

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

For our “ORIGINS” album we used different recording methods for different tracks.  Musicians are busy so we do 95% of the writing before we arrive at the studio to save on time and budget.

For “The New Boss”, we had all the primary band players on set to capture the live energy of all of us together.  Later, we brought in the background horns to record and finish everything up.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Hmmm, I can only speak for myself (Gabriel).  If we’re talking of today’s artist I like Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Chris Potter, Roy Hargrove and Chris Botti.

If we can go back a little I’d pick Miles Davis (Favorite album SKETCHES OF SPAIN), Sara Vaughn, Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon and Chet Baker.

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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.

In our cover of, “Blessed”, we had the joy of collaborating with our cousin Khristian Dentley of the Grammy award winning group Take 6 and our father Chris Bethel.  On the same track we also brought in guitarist Jmichael Peeples.

In the future I would definitely love the opportunity to work with Stevie Wonder and Phil Driscoll.

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

Website

Thehouseofbethel.com

 Facebook & Twitter @HouseOfBethel

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

Look up House of Bethel on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

http://thehouseofbethel.com/mu sic/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of my happy days was seeing all of our hard work pay off into a successful album launch.  A sad time was when I had to undergo an embouchure (trumpet playing style) change and wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to play well again.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I assume this is after taxes ha-ha, so I would put half (500k) in savings.  Another 200k would be given to different causes.  I would invest 50k into our House of Bethel business account for future productions and advertising.  The final 250k would be used according to our financial advisers to finance our lives and businesses.


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