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

My real name is Kaitlyn Mann, I was born in New York City, New York United States.  I was born July 26, 2000 and wanted to start playing piano after hearing an amazing jazz pianist.  My parents made me wait awhile so I started playing the piano at the age of 6.  I have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for classical piano as well performing my original edgy pop songs at The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, and the Leftfield.

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

Piano and music have always been a passion of mine and I had the best teachers since I am homeschooled.  I have won international classical piano competitions and was honored to perform a number of times at Carnegie Hall as well as Lincoln Center

I have had so many audio glitches right before a song was supposed to be completed that really set me back.  Other difficulties have to do with working with such professionals with so much more experience than me and asking them to change things that they like, but that don’t necessarily fit my vision for the song.  It’s so rewarding hearing my songs after they are mixed and mastered because all of the extra work makes such a difference.  I also love performing and seeing people react and experience my music.  I especially love that.  I perform for nursing homes and love how the residents enjoy my music.  There’s also the social media aspect and really working on being connected to my fans with videos, pictures and live streams.  I perform live streams every 2 weeks on both Instagram and Facebook.  That’s hard work!!  On the downside, I’m only 17, and I feel like the clock is ticking in terms of getting my music out there.  Everyone is getting older and it’s always a race against time.  Also, I have really, really, really long hair and sometimes it’s a drag when my fans get too caught up in my hair.  I think that takes away from the music.

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

My genre is pop with an edge and deeper meaning. I don’t know exactly what you’d call it.  All of my songs have a story behind them.  “Love Me Like I’m Her” started at the piano and was already a dark ballad.  The first line that came to me was “I hate the way you love her” and then I just ran with it.  The song is really about being jealous and it consuming you and not caring about the consequences.

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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.

I have always loved pop music and singing and at the age of 13, I started writing songs and performed at venues such as The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge and Leftfield.  I was discovered and mentored by Sterling Campbell (B-52’s drummer who played with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, and Duran Duran) who taught me about the music business and using music software including an introduction to my mixer/mentor Mario J. McNulty.

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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 been working with Grammy Award Winner, Mario McNulty, for quite some time learning production and mixing my tracks.  I have also been blessed to have known Kevin Killen (8-time Grammy Award Winning mixer/engineer/producer including Bowie’s Blackstar Album) since I was young.  Kevin introduced me to my bass player, Paul Bushnell (Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, Elton John and David Bowie), guitar player, Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Suzanne Vega), and brass player/programmer Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon).  Both Kevin and Mario mixed the tracks on the “Make Me Crave” album which took me 3 years to finish.  I write, program, and arrange all of my original songs and then have my musicians play what I have programmed for that part.  Sterling Campbell plays drums on four of the tracks on the album.  I record all of my tracks in my home studio in my dining room at my rig with Rokit8 speakers, UA Apollo Twin interface, and Ableton Live (which is my favorite for composing).  I also make some of my own sounds.

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

I’ve been in the music industry for 4 years now.  I’ve performed at various venues in NYC and am currently performing live streams on Instagram and Facebook.  I sing, write, arrange and program all of my own songs and my future goal is to have my music known and heard all over the world.

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

I get inspired by a feeling, or a sound, or a story that I want to communicate musically.  Music has always been there for me.  It’s a part of me.  It’s never been a question about whether or not to write, sing, or perform.  Sometimes I wake up at night with a song in my head and quick write it down so I don’t forget it.  I have so many songs I have written, not all of them are good enough to pursue, but I really love to dig into the ones I feel connected to.  Other times, I have to really work on writing songs.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think making a hit song has to do with creating a feeling and vibe that is catchy, or a story that you feel something for, and that you never get tired of listening to.  The production is a huge part of it as well as the vocal.  Oh, and don’t forget that it has to be hooky.:)

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

To my fans, don’t be afraid of being different or working hard or chasing your dreams.  It takes hard work and you have to stick with it if you really want to make a difference in this world.

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

To an upcoming artist, stay true to yourself.  Keep the vision of your idea intact.  You are the artist.  It’s art.  No one knows what your music should sound like.

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

I’ve just released my debut album, “Make Me Crave”, streaming and available for purchase everywhere.  Currently, I am live streaming on Instagram and Facebook every 2 weeks on Sundays at 4 pm EST.  My next live stream is Sunday, December 3rd, at 4 pm EST.  My “Make Me Crave” music video is up on Youtube right now! I shot it on my birthday weekend and I had a blast making it.

https://youtu.be/Wtr_MdEpWNQ

I’m also in production on my next music video for my single, “Get Down”, which will be released in early 2018.

“Love Me Like I’m Her” is one of the singles from the 9-song album, “Make Me Crave” available on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, and just about everywhere!

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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.

https://365radionetwork.com  has been airing some of my songs and ChillMusic 2.0 https://www.youtube.com/user/yolandmacki has also been featuring my songs on their channel.

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

I record in my home studio with Ableton Live with my Apollo Twin interface and my Neumann TLM-103 microphone.  I sometimes write the lyrics first and sometimes I write the music first.  It’s different for every song.  Sometimes I am at my Kawai baby grand piano and sometimes I am over in my music software.   Usually there is an idea or feeling I want to convey that forms the outline of the song.  It can be difficult recording sometimes since I live in New York City and it tends to be noisy.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I love DNCE, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, Journey and Charlie Puth.

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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 been working with Grammy Award Winner, Mario McNulty, for quite some time learning production and mixing my tracks.  I have also been blessed to have known Kevin Killen (8-time Grammy Award Winning mixer/engineer/producer including Bowie’s Blackstar Album) since I was young.  Kevin introduced me to my bass player, Paul Bushnell (Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, Elton John and David Bowie), guitar player, Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Suzanne Vega), and brass player/programmer Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon).  Both Kevin and Mario mixed the tracks on the “Make Me Crave” album which took me 3 years to finish.  I write, program, and arrange all of my original songs and then have my musicians play what I have programmed for that part.  Sterling Campbell plays drums on four of the tracks on the album.

As you know, I love DNCE, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, Journey, and Charlie Puth.  I would love collaborating with any one of them or maybe Zedd or Martin Garrixx.

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

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlyn-rose-mann/sets/make-me-crave-album

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/kaitlynrmann

Website

www.kaitlynmann.com

AllMusic

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/kaitlyn-mann-mn0003663607

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/theKaitlynMann

Twitter

https://twitter.com/KaitlynMann3

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMGBXUr3yIdRbRXsOdaOZJQ

Kaitlyn Mann – Make Me Crave (Music Video)

https://youtu.be/Wtr_MdEpWNQ

*Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/5HGMI5pcBMzdOCj2GdgB1x

*iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-me-crave/id1281048032

*Groove:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/music/album/kaitlyn-mann/make-me-crave/8d6kgwxk1z1n

*ChillMusic2.0

https://youtu.be/0l6S0yovrGs

*Deezer

www.deezer.com/album/44786741

 

*Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Kaitlyn_Mann_Make_Me_Crave?id=Bcy7wbgbjwkg6lhkwqsxifht5yu

 

*Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/kaitlyn-rose-mann

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

*Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Make-Me-Crave-Kaitlyn-Mann/dp/B075H21CQ3/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511667068&sr=8-1&keywords=make+me+crave+album

*Bandcamp:

https://kaitlynmann.bandcamp.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was when I found out I was performing at Carnegie Hall for a piano competition I had won.  My saddest day was when my grandpa was in the ICU and they didn’t think he was going to make it through the night.  I am so thankful to tell you that he is doing well and made it through that.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars right now, I would probably spend it on my music and helping my family.


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