Shiffley

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

Ganes

Alex Ganes – USA – July 28, 1993

Jenks

Alex Jenks, USA, July 19, 1993. My childhood was a lot of church and classical music, being the son of two musicians. I was always the chubby kid in school, but my friendship and adventures with our singer, Alex Ganes, gives me some of my happiest memories growing up.

Shaune

Shaune Killough, USA, March 21, 1994: I was born and raised on the north shore of Long Island (much to my very Texan grandfather’s dismay). I have a heart condition that affected my ability to be physically active, so in my childhood instead of playing sports, I turned to a less physically-demanding, creative outlet such as playing music. Now I play 8 instruments and I’m a second-generation touring bassist, following in my dad’s footsteps ❤

Bryan

Bryan Contreras, USA, September, 13th 1992: My childhood experience was very unique as I grew up speaking Spanish as my first language. My family comes from El Salvador (Small County in Central America) which made for great culture and food to be brought up on.

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

Ganes

Alex, Bryan and I met in high school. Shaune was a Craigslist success story. Though we’ve played together in different groups over the years, Shiffley is about six years old.

In my free time, I like to draw comics. Shiffley is this comic character who is a sleazy car salesman. Often times we can relate as musicians trying to push our music.

Jenks

I love the looks I get from my girlfriend’s family when I tell them I’m in a band 😉

Shaune

I started playing music when I was 5 years old as a drummer and pianist. Knowing since 1st grade that I wanted to be a rocker, that quickly expanded to bass and guitar (among several others). I floated around in several bands until 15 when I met Alex Ganes and Bryan Contreras through a Craigslist ad. In retrospect, none of us should’ve been looking for people on Craigslist at that age, but I’m glad I responded.

Bryan

My musical career started sophomore year of high school when I learned how to play expert level on guitar hero and rock band. I was a force to be reckoned with.

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

Ganes

Our music generally has a surfy feel with sinister synths layered on top.

RE: “Drawing Skulls” – The act of drawing skulls is meant to symbolize the dark things that are done privately to externally appear functioning. Aesthetically, when shaping the song we were thinking about skeletons dancing in paradise. The song wrote itself out of necessity a year back. In the video we took the song’s title literally and captured our friend—and sick Brooklyn-based artist—Micah Burger drawing the single art.

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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.

Ganes

I grew up playing the violin at a very young age. In school I picked up classical composition. As I grew older my tastes have developed and somewhere along the way I traded in the violin for a guitar. During the day I am a contractor doing work at YouTube on the music team (along with Shaune) and at night the four of us go to the basement and make music.

Shaune

I like to think being in a band is like having a high-maintenance girlfriend. It’s loud, expensive, and requires more time than I’d like to admit.

Jenks

One of the biggest “ups” we’ve had was the opportunity to open for Twenty One Pilots a few years back. Those guys were big inspirations to us and watching their show taught us a lot about how we need to perform.

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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.

Ganes

“Drawing Skulls” was produced by our good friend Will Rosati. He has produced all of our stuff for the past two years and we have developed a good process. The song was mixed at Freshly Baked studios by the illustrious Alex Almgren (cameo in the video swapping hats with Micah). Shaune and I came up with the idea for the video. To add some life to the abstract phrase ‘drawing skulls’ we decided to interpret it literally. Through Almgren we met Micah Burger and got him on board. Shaune shot and edited the video in our basement at Shiffleyhäus.

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

Ganes

While we are all from the Long Island area, we started Shiffley at the start of college (absence makes the heart grow fonder…I guess). We clicked as friends and good tunes soon came after. In the future we hope our music can support us enough to make more music.

Bryan

My future goal is to tour the world playing our music and living in Beverly Hills California… or Rancho Cucamonga.

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

Ganes

For the most part, inspiration will come sporadically from the day to day of life. Over time when enough morsels of inspiration are combined a song can be created.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Ganes

Letting it come to you. The song has got to come to you. Each of us has one or two hits brewing inside of us. It’s a matter of figuring out a way to unlock it—and I am no master of this yet.

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

Ganes

Thanks for the support! We are very grateful to those who have continued to follow along thus far in our journey. Let us know who you are—we love to talk!

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

Ganes

Figure out what your purpose and goals are as a group/artist. Figure out the band dynamic. Once these are defined the rest will come naturally.

Jenks

Meet everybody, appreciate everyone’s effort, and always compliment your sound guy.

Shaune

Being in a band isn’t just about the music (or at least not anymore). Being a “startup” band requires that you take ownership of all aspects of business and media. Understand your audience, and make cool stuff to share with them!

Bryan

At the end of the day you need to do something that gives you purpose in life.

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

Bryan

I don’t like to brag but we have done some dope shit. Google it

Ganes

We released two EPs (officially) – “Atomic Robot Man” and “Anthem City”. This will be our first album.

We’ve had the good luck of having our music featured on TV on E!, TruTV, MTV and the Travel Channel. We opened for Twenty One Pilots, the Plain White T’s, Night Riots, Donna Missal, Laura Stevenson, and many other amazing artists.

Jenks

As far as recognition, my mom thinks we’re really good!

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

Ganes

I constantly find that I have to put myself in new situations as a songwriter, embracing the uncertainty of the result. What worked for the last grouping of songs will surely be stale the next time around so it’s important to me to switch things up before a process gets too comfortable. This can come in the form of writing in a new space, with different equipment, collaborating with different people (generally non-musicians), etc.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Ganes

The Districts

Phoenix

NE-HI

Tyler, The Creator

The War On Drugs

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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.

Ganes

We collaborated with some really talented producers on the remixes for “Sleepless Night” – White Cliffs, Figaro, Shinynaut, VALNTN, and N2N. Definitely willing to collaborate with producers, artists, rappers…really anyone.

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

Ganes

Website

http://www.shiffley.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Shiff ley

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/_Shi ffley/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/_Shiffley

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/s hiffleyband

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/ shiffley

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/ artist/5xNKJ10wkmeYrJp0gzsr39

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

Ganes

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artis t/5xNKJ10wkmeYrJp0gzsr39

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/shiffley

Apple Music

https://itunes.apple.com/us/ar tist/shiffley/570668336

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Ganes

Happiest day, not sure exactly but I was probably on stage. Saddest day, I was definitely betrayed.

Jenks

My happiest day was probably the day I graduated college. It meant we as a band could finally practice and work directly together year-round. My saddest day was probably when we had to put my dog down a few years ago. I loved her; she was the baddest bitch out there.

Shaune

After college I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician. It’s during this time that my happiest and saddest days took place.

Bryan

Happiest day – probably when I lost my virginity. Saddest day – definitely when plain white tees didn’t offer us any of their pizza.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Ganes

Invest half into the band, a quarter into stocks, a portion to pay off school loans and donate some portion to charity… Not that luxurious an answer, I know.

Jenks

I’d invest a lot of it, because I think like a 40-year-old man. But definitely world travel with my girlfriend

Shaune

I would put a quarter of it directly into the band for miscellaneous projects, campaigns, and equipment upgrades, and the rest into real estate investments on behalf of the band to continue to fund the dream.

Bryan

Going to see a Conor McGregor fight cage side.

Forgotten Sons

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Robert “Birdy” Burgess 10/02/89, John Gair 28/04/89, Sandy Middleton 04/11/88, Craig Watt 13/03/68.

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

We all played in bands from our early teens and were playing every weekend. As we got older, we went and did other things. When we formed this band, we all had Rise Against as an influence and liked a song called “Long Forgotten Sons”. We decided to use this because we’d all been out of the music scene loop for so long. We’ve all been gigging in Shetland but Johns previous outfit had supported Franz Ferdinand, featured in NME, been showcased by Sony, Mercury, Virgin, Warner bros records etc throughout the UK.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song
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We have been classed as alternative pop rock. Our video was shot in a small shop in Shetland. We had a friend called Steven Johnson filmed us playing in front of friends. We just wanted to show people that we are a fun band and love having a good time.

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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.

We are 4 rockers from Shetland who are constantly facing struggles to break out onto the music scene. We are in the middle of the North Sea so it’s hard to get our music out to the world and even harder to obtain gigs in the UK because of costs and travel. The good thing is that we are gaining a small reputation and gaining more and more followers each and every day so we will keep doing what we are doing.

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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.

We are produced by The Animal Farm who are based in London. They really liked our demos and decided to take a gamble on us and sign us. Our drummer John initially produced the tracks. The Animal Farm enhanced it all for a more radio friendly sound. “Leave The Light On” was recorded in an old house originally in Shetland and the music video was shot in a shop. We had our friend Steven Johnson shot us playing to friends from all angles. It was a lot of fun!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
Birdy, John and Sandy have all been playing in bands since they were in their early teens so it’s around 15 years. Craig has been on the scene for around 35 years. He brings experience to the band and a much needed level head. Our aim is to get as many people listening and liking our music and to play festivals and go on tour. Ditch the 9-5 jobs and hopefully make a living from our songs.

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

We’re inspired by every day events whether it be relationships, politics, nights out with friends. We also love that folk give us compliments on our songs. That’s the main thing that keeps us going as a band and makes all of this worth while.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If we knew the secret, we’d write songs every day and be famous. Unfortunately, we don’t. We just have some good chemistry and are flattered if anyone thinks we are good at what we do.

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

Our message is if you love something, never give up on it. Even if you feel like giving up, keep having a crack at it. You may surprise yourself.

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

Our advice would be the same as our message, just keep writing songs, keep doing what you love doing and never give up.

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

John has come the closest when it comes to recognition. His previous band has featured in the NME and they had some big companies vying for their signature. Sadly, it didn’t work out for them. Their loss, our gain. The rest of us have been gigging in Shetland and done the odd show in Scotland. We’ve supported Scouting For Gigs in Shetland. That’s our biggest gig to date in the 2 years we’ve been together.

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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://www.artwillfall.com/single-post/2017/11/13/Forgotten-Sons—Leave-The-Light-On-Track-Feature

https://www.soundchain.co.uk/single-post/5a09fb073a1a3d67f43ff830

http://www.anrfactory.com/leave-light-not-forgotten-sons%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8/

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Songs are normally written by Sandy and Birdy. They’ll jam in Sandy’s house with an acoustic guitar. Lyrics are normally written by both of the guys. The song will then be brought forward to Craig and John to lay down the bass and drums. We’ll play the song over and over again to the point where we feel it is tight enough to record. We then set everything up in an old house and John produces it on his computer. It’s sent to The Animal Farm and they master it for us.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
5 biggest artists that we like are Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers and Rise Against.

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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 collaborated with any artists but we wouldn’t rule it out. We’d try anything. We would try out stuff with anyone from bands like us to a full orchestra.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network
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www.forgotten-sons.co.uk


www.facebook.com/forgottensonsshetland


www.instagram.com/forgottensonsshetland


www.twitter.com/forgottensonsuk

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

http://hyperurl.co/fi0p19

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Our happiest day as a band was probably the day we signed with The Animal Farm. I don’t know what our saddest day has been? We hope we don’t have any.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If we had a million dollars, we’d spend it on a worldwide tour, rum and food!

Kate Russell

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

My name is Kate Russell, I’m 35 and I grew up in Australia listening to my Father’s Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Slim Dusty records and became inspired by country music.

 “I came to America to turn my country influences into the real deal.”

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

After completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music at Berklee College of Music, Boston and The University of North Texas respectively, I spent years in Nashville in the center of the action forging new ground by blending musical styles.

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

My genre is progressive country rock. “I use a compositional hybrid of R&B and Rock and enjoy being musically adventurous.”

My focus cut “Dynamite” started as an idea that became explosive on the guitar.

It’s about meeting that one person who really knocks you off your feet.

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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.

It’s nice to be a solo artist because when you call a rehearsal everybody shows 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.

I have a totally supportive crew of regular musicians who are always there when I need them e.g  Greg Leisz (Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne) who has made major contributions  with his time and experience to my recent recordings .

I co-produced my songs with Rich Mouser who also contributed his electric guitar wizardry. The following is a list of studio musicians who performed on my recent album “Give Your Love To Me”.

Greg Leisz /Dobro/ Pedal Steel/Guitar (Eric Clapton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne), Bob Glaub/Bass Guitar (Rod Stewart, Carole King, Jackson Browne),

Stephen Hodges/Drums (Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, David Lynch/Filmmaker) Rich Mouser/ Electric Guitar (Oleander).

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

At 18 years of age I was performing in a club in the western suburbs of Sydney, it was standing room only and I knew this was my career path.

I’ve been in the music business most of my life and had some side jobs along the way in the early days e.g. background actor  in the film industry watching some of the best film directors in action , traveled the world playing music in Pacific Rim, Europe, Caribbean etc.

I’m extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love and would like to expand into other areas of songwriting from a 3 minute song to a symphonic work.

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

The joy of creating music, realization of the finished product and fan appreciation.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Great lyrics and great hooks. The story has to be real; fans can always tell the difference.

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

I appreciate the support and activism of my fans.

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

You don’t have to be the greatest singer or instrumentalist,

your music has to resonate with your fans.

However if you educate yourself musically there is more to draw from in terms of compositional ideas.

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

My chart singles have garnered millions of listeners worldwide.

I have released three albums “Powerful Stuff”, “Kicking Down The Door” and” Give Your Love To Me”.

I have been lucky enough to share the stage with some of my childhood heroes :

DAVE MASON, LEON RUSSELL, BB KING, LONESTAR, BIG AND RICH, THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS, TAJ MAHAL, DICK DALE, DICKY BETTS, JOHN LEE HOOKER, DAVID LINDLEY, PAT BENATAR, STANLEY CLARKE, AL DI MEOLA, MISSING PERSONS, BERLIN, GREAT WHITE and KEITH EMERSON to name just a few.

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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.

KPIG, Watsonville CA, Renegade Radio Nashville, TN, KXOX Sweetwater TX, KCLQ,”The Coyote” Camden MO, WTDR “Thunder 92.7 “Talladega AL, UWave Radio Seattle WA, Nashville Access Nashville TN which has a network of 64 stations worldwide. In Europe Cactus Country which has a network of 140 stations, Rue Libre, France, KSUN66 France, Bryan Chalker, Somer Valley FM UK, Klaus Country Music 24 in Germany.

We’re getting some great reviews from blogs in the USA and UK.

Country Music Life, Adobe and Teardrops, A and R Factory.

I just did an interview for Fireworks, a UK melodic rock magazine.

Many thanks to you all for supporting my music.

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

I write when I am working out either swimming or hiking.

A melody will just pop into my head and I’m off down the road deciding whether it’s a worthy idea to develop. Life experiences, a conversation, a movie can spark ideas. As a multi-instrumentalist (piano, drums, guitar, bass) I can record my own pre-production demos.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Beatles, Bob Dylan, George/Ira Gershwin, Willie Nelson and Joni Mitchell.

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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 done some co-writes with my co-producer Rich Mouser (Tears For Fears, Oleander, Dream Theater) and I’d like to do a show with ACDC .

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

www.katerussell.com

https://www.facebook.com/katerussellmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/kate-russell-151569791/dynamite

https://soundcloud.com/kate-russell-151569791

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

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/katerussell

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Your-Love-Kate-Russell/dp/B01BOO74NG

https://itunes.apple.com/pe/album/give-your-love-to-me/id1089614912

https://open.spotify.com/album/6Du7RL8qLSaZO3lE9SgVZx

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Artist representation by a management company in Nashville.

Saddest day was losing my parents.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would invest in real estate and tour the world.

I would also donate to “No Kill” animal shelters and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Geoffro

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

I go by Geoffro, real name Geoff Earley. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, USA.  Started off on the piano at age 5 and from there I picked up more instruments. I decided early on that I wanted to be a songwriter as I was turned off from the 9-5 working class struggle I saw my parents go through.

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

Since picking up guitar and saxophone at a young age, I developed perfect pitch and studied jazz music. I didn’t start singing until age 16 and had a terrible voice and wrote horrible lyrics…but I stuck with it and I’m happy to say I’m very much improved. I grew up in an area where there weren’t musicians that were into the same things as me, so naturally I learned to do everything myself which led me to being a producer. I’ve been producing for big name artists for several years now, and because I started off performing, it only felt natural that I get back into my artist thing again. The name Geoffro combines my first name with my Fro hair style. Plus my mom used to call me that.

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

The music video will be out on Friday December 1st. We kept it simple…definitely used some sand in the shoot haha. The song was written about a relationship that was failing with two people who were dragging each other down but couldn’t let go. Funny enough it also has themes that mirror today’s crazy political world events.

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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.

Up of music is that it doesn’t feel like a job, but more like a videogame. I’m always trying to get to the next level and beat my last song. And when you finish something great that you can’t stop listening to on repeat, it makes all the effort totally worth it.  The downside is the phoniness of a lot of the people in the biz, and the constant rejections, but all those make you stronger in the long run.

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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 recorded and produced everything in my apartment. I used different layers of piano and filters to make the sounds “bend”.   I added strings in the second verse to add to the emotion. We shot the video in a music studio and on the beach in Santa Monica.

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

My future goals would be to put out more songs in the form of an EP or Album. I’ve been in the industry for about 8 years or longer. It’s all kind of a blur.

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

I get my best ideas when I’m driving.  Something about having multiple senses stimulated causes my brain to have more ideas.   Also when I’m out and being social…I find that conversations with strangers allow me to come up with lyrical concepts. As far as the music aspect….I just go with it until something hot comes out.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I’m not sure if there’s a secret to a hit song….but definitely keeping things concise and repeating certain phrases can make a song more universally accepted.

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

For any future fans, my music mixes soul with elements of hip-hop and electronica.  My sound evolves often, but any lover of Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean and similar artists might just be into my sound.

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

Advice I would give to any new artist is cliche, but never stop working at your craft no matter what negativity comes your way.

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

This past year was a big one for me on the songwriting side.  I was part of two Grammy wins and a third nomination.   I was part of Flume’s big hit “Never Be Like You” along with another track on his winning album “Skin”.  I was also a songwriter on Ziggy Marley’s award winning self-titled album.

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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.

I’ve had the 1st version of “Quicksand” with a beat (released last February) on XM radio for Pitbull’s Globalization channel.  Shout out to Disco Belle for featuring my track.

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

I use Logic Pro, and I’m hoping to switch to other platforms as well for recording. Lyrics usually come after I freestyle melodies…and sometimes I’ll mumble a good line here and there…otherwise I have tons of lyrics saved in my phone.  I’ll do too many takes at times when I’m singing, to see which varying phrases I like best, but the extra work is worth it.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I love Childish Gambino, Alabama Shakes, Tyler the Creator, early mixtape Kid Cudi and earlier Kanye West.

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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.

As a producer/songwriter, I’ve worked with Flume, Kehlani, Cee Lo, Beyonce, 311 and Jason Derulo to name a few.

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

geoffrocause.com

@geoffrocause for all the socials

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

https://open.spotify.com/track/6tbCAL0cRtbAmRvxoYTtO4

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of the happiest days was when I signed my first publishing deal with Warner Chappell. One of my saddest was when my Grandma passed away. She was a very big supporter of my music career.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Hmm…a million dollars means a lot less these days doesn’t it? I would be one of those smart people and save some and invest the rest. Ask me about a Billion tho…

R-Kim

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

My name is Ryan Kimmerling.  I was born in Carmel, Indiana and I am 22 years old.

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

I go by the name R-Kim. My music career has been a blast so far.  I have been grinding hard since 2015, so about 3 full steady years of growth.  I have been sitting on a lot of music and I am actually about to be releasing an EP so keep a lookout for that.  My musical background stems from where everyone else stemmed from; a love for music.  I started listening to Lil’ Wayne and Eminem when I was really young, so I would give credit for my passion and love of this sound to those guys.

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

My genre is a cross between hip-hop and pop.  I like to call myself a rap-singer, classifying under the genre “hip-pop”.  I try to create a good sound that people can enjoy listening to but also trying to incorporate enough of my life into each and every song that my fans can relate to the lyrics and get a glimpse into my life.

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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.

Honestly, if you needed to know one thing about me as a musician, it would be that I just love to have fun with my songs.  If I can’t enjoy vibing with my own music, how can I expect others to?  As far as the ups and downs that I have gone through, just wait on this EP.  It will describe it all in more detail, but it’s really all about how I am just some kid from a small town in Indiana who has always felt underappreciated in the music industry.  I feel as if I still have not earned the respect I deserve and that is still okay because that is what keeps me driven and motivated…I gotta prove the doubters wrong and show them what’s up.

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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 seriously for about 3 years now. Like I said before, I have been having a blast creating music and seeing people’s reactions to it all.  My future goal is to leave my mark on the game to the point that your kid’s great-great-grandkids will know who I am.

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

My greatest inspirations are not people.  They are life experiences.  My whole rap career started in high school when a friend of mine was shot and killed at an extremely young age.  I created a song in her memory to help me through it.  I never anticipated on putting it out until a friend of mine said that as she was listening to it she felt at peace and that it helped her feel calm, so I decided to release it with the intention of helping others in the same way that knew her.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secret behind making a hit song is to be as real as possible while giving off the right vibe.

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

The message I would like to spread to my fans, is to never give up on your dream.  Never get discouraged and never let people tell you what you can and can’t do.  If you love it, chase it.  Nothing is earned, nothing is given to you, you gotta go take that shit for yourself.

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

The advice I would give to an upcoming artist would be to take your time.  Don’t rush into something just to say that you have done it.  If your song is taking longer than normal to finish, that is okay.  If you are not ready to start performing live yet, practice.  It will all come with enough practice and dedication.

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

I have a brand new EP dropping here in a couple weeks, so I am pretty excited to see what this brings.  I have been placed in some highly reputable Spotify playlists, helping to boost awareness of my sound that I feel is just as good as anyone’s if not better.  Join the #LittyKIMitty movement.

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

I write a lot of my music in my room or in my car.  I love going on a drive with no destination, throwing on a beat, and freestyling to it to find the flow that I want.  Then I dive into the lyrics and that is where the real magic happens.  Then I head to the studio and get some brews in me and I let loose into the mic and let the emotions and lyrics speak for themselves.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The top 5 artists I listen to right now in no particular order would be Arizona Zervas, Logic, SK8, Weezy and Wiz Khalifa.

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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 the past I have collaborated with Sparks, G-Paper, 12:15, and I have been in talks with Mark Battles to finalize a feature.

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

http://www.rkim317.com

Soundcloud

http://www.soundcloud.com/rkim317

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/rkim317

Twitter

http://www.twitter.com/rkim317

Instagram

http://www.instagram.com/rkim317

Snapchat –

@r-kim317

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

You can search R-Kim on any platform to find my music. Go stream and purchase now! Go catch the vibe.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars I would go do the cliche thing and buy my family some nice cribs and put them away first.  They helped me get here so I gotta help them before I help anyone else. Then I would hook my whole team up with some sweet gifts, depending on who wanted what. Whatever is left I would invest in myself and keep this thing going.

Greta Reign

Greta Reign

 

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

Emily Greta 

Wales, UK 

15th May

I grew up extremely poor in a rough area. I had quite a turbulent childhood, a few areas of trouble but overall it was OK. 

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

Artist name: Greta Reign (Greta being my name and reign as I liked the spelling of the word and hopefully can reign my own little segment of the industry one day).

I studied music in school and can play various instruments. I have always kept music as a hobby with songwriting over the years. Earlier this year (2017) I finally decided to ‘take the plunge’ and see if I could actually do music full time. In the short time I’ve been pursuing this I’ve already managed to secure 3 publishing placements and have started to grow a stead fan base. I’ve been using a lot of live streaming to help connect with more people which seems to be helping me get new fans quite a lot. 

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

I kind of feel that the track could fall into 3 (maybe even more) genres but mainly I would say it’s a cross of pop, ambient and trap. The concept is quite descriptive within the song itself. I’ve lost a number of people in my life through suicide and it was something I felt like I wanted to talk about and hopefully be able to get a connection with people listening to the song who may have had similar experiences. 

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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. 

One of my main goals on this new journey into music is to write songs that can help and inspire others. I love a catchy pop song as much as everyone else, however it’s those tracks where the artist is going into real detail about emotional experiences that I connect with most, and so that’s my aim with my music. I’m quite new to the business and so as of yet I can’t say I’ve experienced many/if any downs but the ups have been seeing people react to my music, listening to fans cover my music via livestream and having songs placed with a publishing company. I guess I’ve achieved quite a lot given how new I am but I think that’s a testament to my hard work, drive and being eager to learn. 

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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. 

The video is not yet completed, a lyric video is being designed by a animator. The beat was purchased online from a producer affiliated with The Internet Money Group which is a collection of industry standard producers who sell their beats online and also directly to established artists. 

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

Around 7-8 months. It was during March’s time when I decided to really try and pursue my dream. Prior to this music was always a hobby and passion of mine I just never had the confidence to try and release anything. Which looking back now is crazy to me because of how well this is going. My ultimate goal would be to inspire others and say if I can ‘do it’ then so can you. I want to help people feel confident and feel worthy because there’s not enough of that in the world. I would love to build my own studio in my home town and have those facilities here for others to use, because it’s such a small town nothing like that really exists there and so one day that’s something I would love to do. 

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

I find it beneficial and almost therapeutic to express how I feel with songwriting. I probably have over 10 albums worth of songs and subjects in my head that I want to talk about. I’ve been through so much and so have a lot of material in my mind just waiting to be expressed in a song.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I don’t necessarily think there is any secret. There are certain formulas, chord progressions etc that can be used but for me the songs I’ve written that I love the most are the ones where I’ve just sat with my pen and wrote from the heart. More commercial songs tend to not have quite as much emotion in them and I guess for those types of tracks I focus more on creating catchy lyrics and hooks but if I want to write about a particular experience or emotion then I don’t really need to follow the pop structure on those ones.

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

To wake up and live your best life. So many people get stuck in the routine and 9-5 job, which 9 months ago was me. I took a huge step in quitting to do music full time and I truly want to inspire others to realise their full potential.

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

Don’t expect opportunities to come to you and I would strongly advise against sending a bunch of demos out, it doesn’t work. Instead put that time and energy into building your own brand and business and making it as visible as possible. If it’s good enough, or if you’re creating enough buzz by yourself that’s when the industry people will start reaching out to you. That’s what happened with me anyway. I was approached about writing for a sync brief by the music supervisor directly. Also don’t rush to release music if it isn’t ready, I made that mistake with my first few tracks. I had them available everywhere and eventually got them pulled from Spotify, Apple etc because I realised the more I was learning that while the concept of the songs was good, they really weren’t up to par with the music out there. 

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

I’m hoping to do an international tour sometime in the next 1-2 years. I have fans across the globe from here in the UK to USA even Japan and China as well as other places so one day I would like to tour everywhere, but for now I’m focused on growing my brand further. 

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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. 

I had PR support on my first release and it was subsequently placed in 3 Spotify playlists, and Apple playlist and featured on The Daily Grind, This Is 50, BET and some other publications. I’ve had radio airplay for a whole load of online stations and some podcasts, haven’t yet targeted commercial radio. 

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

I write all the time. My notes section on my phone is full of so many ideas. I might be watching something, or walking past something when I get a sudden idea and I keep a note of them all so I can refer back to them when needed. Sometimes I write the complete song first, other times I write the song to the music, it varies. I record both in the studio and at home with my little set up. That’s something else I would strongly recommend to new artists, invest in a studio quality mic and vocal booth so you can have access to it at home. I often get inspired at really weird times so being able to record at home with good equipment is vital as well as recording in the studio. 

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

I’m such a huge music Stan! Naming 5 will be tough because l literally like so many different artists across multiple genres. I would say Skrillex is definitely in my top 5 because of how unique and talented he is, and actually so is Diplo. I love Bebe Rexa, Eminem, Kanye, Stefflon Don, Stormzy, Major Lazer, Cardi B, Migos, Jay Z, Paramore, Tupac, Biggie, Linkin Park, I could literally go on and on because I’m a fan of so many artists. 

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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. 

My dream collaborations would be Skrillex, Diplo and Salaam Remi. All 3 have been super influential in various genres and they are all musical geniuses in their own right.

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

https://www.gretareign.com

(website has clickable links to all socials, they all have the same name of @GretaReign).

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

Tracks are available for free download on SoundCloud and will be available across all stores in the coming weeks. They are with the aggregator who is responsible for uploading them to stores. 

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest time in my life is right now. I can’t express how good it feels to finally be doing something I love and something I’m hugely passionate about. I would encourage anyone who may not feel confident enough to pursue their dream to wake up and literally live their best life. 

I’ve had numerous sad days, I’ve dealt with everything from being so broke I couldn’t afford to eat proper food so hard to get by on literally toast and tap water to suffering from a variety of life threatening illnesses such as sepsis and meningitis to losing people close to me and actually have been close to giving up myself. I don’t really like to be someone who presents themselves as a ‘poor me’ or ‘look what I’ve been through’ attitude instead I think it’s more important to use those negatives and somehow turn them into a positive, which is what I’m doing now by pursuing my dream and talking about difficult things in my music. I think the more people find out about me, the more relatable I will be because there’s going to be so many people who have experienced the same situations as me, and I want to help them see they can get through it. 

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I’m a massive gamer, and so I would invest in the e-sports industry for sure as that’s only going to continue to grow and so I feel like that would be a smart investment. I would then build my own studio, house, help my family out, get some nice bits and bobs and then create a structured food bank system available to anyone. I’ve been so broke where I needed to use food banks and you have to pretty much beg and prove to the state you need the vouchers to get the food, which was enough to put me off even going as it’s an embarrassment so I went without. My foodbank would be available to anyone, and I would like to think I could stock it with really nice food and toiletries etc, not just basic value tinned food. 

Parker Matthews

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

Childhood was primarily education focused, and of course, honing in on my musical abilities.

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

Music has always been part of my life. I grew up singing all the time, and knew that was what I was meant to do.  I studied classical piano and violin as a child and spent years with vocals coaches in my home town to learn how to harness the power of the voice and control it.

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

I’m in the pop world and pop culture is very dear to me.  For this video, I wanted to exemplify the feeling of freedom from the world.  To allow the freedom of expression and create a casual environment that reflects the idea of letting your guard down.

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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’m a very hard worker and always the one in the driver’s seat of my career.  It is so imperative to me that who I am is mirrored in everything I do.   There are ups and downs in any career, but remembering that you, and only you, are in charge of your own path is extremely important.

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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.

My producer and I are really good friends, and writing with him comes naturally.  I am also good friends with the director of the video, and he did an amazing job of bringing my vision to life.  I spent a week in the studio, doing late night sessions to record the track, and during the video shoot, we shot for 17 hours straight.  It was a long day and we had a full crew, but it was worth it!

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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 shadows of the industry for some time now, but this year, it’s time to for me to break through as a solo artist. I want to create something legendary, something that can help people, and instill an idea of self-worth in my fans.  There is much bigger picture than just the music.

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

I write based off of my own life.  I’ve felt a lot of pain, and a lot of happiness.  I write from the heart, because that’s the most real, unapologetic material.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The key to making a hit song is to write a viral hook, something that gets stuck in people’s’ head (melodically) and writing lyrics that are relatable to many people.  If you go through a breakup, people understand that pain and many people around the globe are in the same boat. Relatability is key.

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

Thank you all so much for listening to my material.  It’s a story of mine that I want to share with you all.  We are all such beautiful people, and together, we can do amazing things.

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

I would say staying true to who they are; is the most important, and to never give up on yourself.

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

Just released my single and music video for “Lost With You” and there’s more to come in 2018!

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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.

EILE, AXS, Listen Here Reviews, Impose Magazine, Indie Minded, VENTS, Audio Fuzz, and more! Thank you all so much for the support and kind words. I can’t express how appreciative I am.

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

My lyrics are my story so it flows out when the pen hits the paper.  Recording is my favorite part of the process.  I like a dark studio so I can close my eyes and convey the energy of the song.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I love Christina Aguilera, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga.

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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’d love to work with any of the artists listed above because of their raw talent and driving force with their own visions.

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

 Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialParkerMatthews/

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/officialparkermatthews/

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/_ParkerMatthews

 

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

Stream/download music

smarturl.it/parkermatthewslost

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I try to only have happy days, but on my absolute happiest days, I’m jamming out to awesome music, making someone smile and laughing a whole lot! On my saddest days, I like to keep to myself and reflect on my feelings.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would start a non-profit for LGBT youth that created a place of safety, empowerment and understanding.

 

Sonali

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

My full name is Sonali Argade! I was born August 13 in Los Angeles. My family moved to South Florida when I was 3, and that’s where I grew up. I honestly had a pretty great childhood, my parents always nurtured whatever I had a natural interest in (music, obviously), and there were a lot of kids my age in our city. It was a great place to grow up.

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

I’ve been making music in some way, pretty much my whole life. I was 3 years old when I very seriously told my parents I wanted to be a singer, and since that time I’ve always been involved with music either through lessons or playing in bands. I started with voice lessons, and picked up several other instruments along the way, although I’m most at home on a guitar. I went to the Clive Davis Institute at NYU Tisch for undergrad, and that’s when I started professionally releasing material.

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

I’d describe my genre as indie pop. I’ve always had an affinity for just slightly left of center pop music, so that’s always what I set out to create myself. I wrote my new single “Forever” about a night I had with someone that felt really perfect. It’s a song about how doing absolutely nothing with someone who means a lot to you, can be so much more meaningful than a fancy date or grand gesture.

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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.

My number one goal, always, is just to deliver material that is genuine and authentic, both in my music and in my brand. I would never want to be anything other than myself. The whole point of this is to be able to create art that helps people, that’s the most important part. I think the hardest obstacle for any rising musician right now is how to stand out. With home studios and the accessibility of everything nowadays, literally anyone can professionally release music, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. As artists who are serious about what they do and put in the countless hours of work, it can be hard to separate ourselves from all the noise. But challenges can be fun too! It makes it all more worth it in the end.

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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.

A majority of the music I’m about to release, including “Forever”, was produced by the duo Private Practice Music (Eren Cannata and Carter Matschullat) in New York. They’ve worked with so many of my favorite artists, so it was an honor to bring my songs to life with them. Both of them are actually alums of the same program in NYU that I went to, and while I was a student Eren was a professor. I showed him some demos in a coffee shop one day, and that’s when we decided to work together and bring Carter in on the project as well!

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

I started releasing music professionally during my time in college, and my EP “Wake Up” did really well! I was getting ready to go on tour and capitalize on its buzz, but then life had other plans for me. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease and ended up having to take a two year hiatus from music and just everything really. During that time I ended up changing my sound to what you hear on “Forever”, and it’s amazing to finally be back now. This is only the beginning though, my goal is to one day be playing arenas!

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

Honestly, just life. I do write a lot from my own experience, however like I said my goal is always to be sharing stories that are universally relatable and authentic, whether it’s my own personal experience or not is irrelevant. I do love to write about relationships, both platonic and romantic, and explore how our connections with other people shape and drive who we are.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think there’d be a lot more hit songwriters if there was one! I never think about that when I’m writing, because getting hung up on that is exactly how you don’t make a hit song. Lyrically, I’m always asking myself if the story I’m telling is one that people will connect to. Melodically, I want to make sure that it’s getting stuck in my head. If those two things are happening, chances are you’re on your way to a good song.

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

To embrace yourself and own who you are. I have a very personal relationship with my fans, I talk to them all via Instagram DM, and I see so many young people, both boys and girls, who really seem to struggle with fitting in. We all fall victim to trying to be something we’re not sometimes, but I really want to help people understand that just being who you are is way more than good enough. I hope my music can help convey that message.

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

Do your research. This is a very confusing industry and it’s hard to get lost, but there’s also such a wealth of information available on the internet, especially when it comes to getting started. It’s a lot of time consuming hard work, it’s not always very fun, but no one will take you seriously unless you’re willing to put in the effort yourself.

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

In 2012, my friends and I created a cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” that ended up going viral, and Rihanna actually saw it herself. She invited us out to her show and met us backstage after the show that was by far one of the coolest moments of my life!

Another very proud moment was after the release of my “Wake Up” EP; Music Connection Magazine named me one of the Top Prospects of 2014.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send a message to them via this platform.

Girl Talk HQ

Celeb Mix

Wolf In A Suit

Neufutur

Lemonade Magazine

Teens Wanna Know

The Daily Shuffle

Vents Magazine

The Young Folk

And some more press/radio in the works! I’m so grateful for everyone who has shared “Forever”, it truly means the world.

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

I usually start off with one lyric that I really like, or just a general concept I want to write about. Then I write down all my thoughts towards that subject, not in a lyrical form or anything, just to get the raw emotion and vulnerability on paper. If anything, that’s the secret to a hit song I think. After that it varies, I might come up with an idea on guitar or start producing a rough track, or a melody, or maybe make my jumbled thoughts into lyrics, I just go with the flow.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The 1975, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, LANY and Alessia Cara.

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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 haven’t collaborated with any artists on my prior work, but I do have quite a few coming up. I can’t say anything about them just yet, but be on the lookout! My dream collaboration at the moment would be with the duo Great Good Fine Ok, I’m such a huge fan.

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

www.ItsMeSonali.com

www.youtube.com/sonaliargade

www.instagram.com/ItsMeSonali

www.twitter.com/ItsMeSonali

www.facebook.com/ItsMeSonali

Snapchat: ItsMeSonali13

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2vyjTmmsQXphTv2zc2fFCK

Apple Music/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/forever/id1277238936?i=1277239304&ls=1

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYe5TgfCE3w

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/itsmesonali/forever

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Sonali_Forever?id=B252wzufnxwf2rqh7jfap46iwze

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Sonali/dp/B075CDND5G/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1509078542&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=Sonali+forever

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Bad news always goes first, so my saddest day would probably have to be the day my grandfather passed away. I don’t know what my happiest day was; quite a few come to mind! I’m generally a very positive person. I do remember being particularly shocked/elated the day I got my acceptance letter from NYU Tisch, but that’s probably not the all the time best day ever.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

This is admittedly a pretty boring answer, but I’m a practical person! I’d use part of it to reinvest into my career, part to make sure my family is taken care of, and split whatever left between investing and donating to charity.

Julianne Q

https://soundcloud.com/julianne-q/heroine-1


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

Julianne Quaas – June 15th, 1993; New York City, NY USA

Ricky Hendrix – June 14th, 1993; Mount Prospect, IL USA

Jeff Mills – May 10th, 1994; Winfield, IL USA

Egan Franke – May 5th, 1995; Indianapolis, IN USA

Julianne – “My first major memory of feeling inspired by music was when I first heard the song “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. It was an anthem that awakened my feminist beliefs in equality and self-respect, as well as my love for singing. As for the piano, I always gravitated towards creating my own music instead of practicing the classical music for my piano lessons.”

As the frontwoman, keyboardist and main writer of Julianne Q & The Band, Julianne leads the musical and creative direction as well as manages The Band’s social media, booking, scheduling, marketing and publicity.

Ricky – Ricky found his passion for guitar 16 years ago when watching an early performance of Jimi Hendrix live and watching his dad jamming with his friends in our basement when I was a kid. Ricky’s artistry and technical skills pay homage to his namesake through his epic solos and theatrical showmanship on stage. His thorough knowledge of music theory and jazz fleshes out the music with color and texture.

Jeff Mills – Jeff has been drumming for 11 years. He got into music from playing with an electric keyboard that his aunt gave him as a kid. He would play along with the pre-recorded jingles and learn the melodies by ear. He’s used his aural training to layer vocal harmonies onto Julianne’s lead vocals. Jeff cares deeply about the creative process and has become more involved in the songwriting for the band in recent months.

Egan –  Egan grew up in a musical household with two classical musicians as parents. He’s been playing the bass since 11 years old and also knows piano and guitar. His comprehensive jazz and theory training as a Composition Major has thoroughly the complexity and diversity of The Band’s musical structure.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
Julianne Q launched her solo career immediately after graduating from Boston College in May 2015. She released four singles in the fall of 2015 as well as a music video. She began gigging as a solo artist in the winter of 2015. In the spring of 2016 she formed what eventually became Julianne Q & The Band. Julianne quickly realized that her music sounded insanely better with a full band, and she enjoyed rocking out with her bandmates so much more than just sitting at the piano alone. The Band has been steadily gigging around the Chicagoland area since the summer of 2016. With a new album, new management and frequent trips to the studio, the Band hasn’t let their engines stop.

Julianne was classically trained in voice from 12-17 years old. She sang in choirs and competitive show choir throughout middle school and high school. She then started performing in musical theatre and went on to major in theatre in college. She also studied classical piano from ages 7-17, and wrote her first song “Ode to Nana” (her grandmother) around age 12.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
We are extremely influenced by the soul and grit of legendary classic rock, blues and blues rock sounds – including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse.

I wrote “Heroine” as a response to the traditional dating concept that I like to call “damsel in distress”. This concept has taken many roles over the years. A princess waiting for her knight in shining armor to rescue her from a high-up tower. Lois Lane waiting on Super Man to fly down and save her from destruction. A young woman simply waiting for the perfect “Prince Charming” to come along. All these archetypes have a common theme: waiting for a man to save them. Implying the notion that a woman (or anyone) can’t be happy until she is saved by a man.

Now, let me be clear. I am not bashing men or women looking to find love and happiness in relationships. I do believe it is possible to be a strong and independent woman while still being in a loving and equal partnership with a significant other. I live that possibility in my own romantic relationship. Rather, in this song I’m challenging the idea that a woman needs a man or another person to save them.

We do not.

I believe that people (not just women) should be able to draw strength and love from the beautiful gifts within themselves. From their talents, their brains, their kindness. We are more than enough as we are. Fight for that. I wrote “Heroine” as a fight song to inspire young girls and women to be strong and independent, but most importantly to recognise their own worth and beauty within themselves. We shouldn’t have to rely on external forces to believe that. We have to find these things within ourselves.

At the end of the day, ain’t nobody gonna save you but yourself. So be your own Wonder Woman. Be your own Rosie the Riveter.

Be your own Heroine.

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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. 
Building a music career is like growing a business from the ground up. Consequently, I’ve had to manage all aspects of my business in order to make it work. From bookings, marketing, social media, networking and scheduling – to the creative side of practicing and writing. I’ve found it extremely difficult to balance the business end with the creative end of my career. So much so that I’ve found it very isolating at times, as I’ve had to handle most everything on my own. Essentially what it comes down to is that if I don’t care enough to get it done, then nobody will. It’s a very haunting and lonely concept. I’ve experienced bouts of depression and self-doubt because I’ve made the mistake of weighing too much of my self-worth on my success in music. At the same time, I would never regret my decision to pursue a passionate albeit tumultuous career in music. I’ve found pure ecstasy and friendship on stage and fulfillment in writing and performing my music.

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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.
The song was recorded at our former bassist Jimmy Provan’s lake house up in rural Wisconsin. Jimmy recorded, produced, mixed and mastered our entire debut album. It was such a blast getting away for a weekend and was a really crucial bonding experience for us as a band.

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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 business now for a little over two years. My goal is to be able to quit my day jobs and support myself solely through my music. I want to tour and grow as a musician and as a business person. I see myself playing whatever arena I want, no matter how big, and throwing an absolutely stunning and amazing rock concert.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I’ve found that whatever truth I’m feeling in the moment that I’m writing in is where the best and most honest songs come from. So I can’t write a really good love song if I’m feeling heartbroken and pissed because it will sound fake. It won’t be true and honest. My favorite lyrics and melodies have come from these moments of vulnerability.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t think there’s just one secret. I think there are many elements that go into creating a “hit song”. Moving lyrics, catchy melody, unique topic, the passion within the vocal delivery and of course timing of the release.

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

It is never too late to listen to that little voice inside your head that is desperately trying to get through to you. The little voice that is screaming “this is what I really want to do!” I ignored it until a dark winter night during my senior year of college, when after three and a half years of rigorously pursuing a career in theatre I decided to switch paths and become a musician. It was the scariest decision I’ve ever made, and not everybody understood it. But I followed that little voice and I haven’t felt any regret since.

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

Remember you are enough. No matter what the number of plays, likes or tickets sold. You are enough.

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

We released a self-titled debut album “Julianne Q” in the spring of 2017. I also released four singles back in 2015. All can be found on Spotify, iTunes and all online music platforms!

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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.
My song “Under the Knife” recently gained international attention in a French music blog. My song “Last Call” was also recently featured in the “Sounds of Chicago” playlist by Chicago Music Guide. We attained a monthly residency at the Elbo Room, which was covered by The Daily Herald (suburban Chicago newspaper).

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
I usually write my lyrics in the Notes app on my iPhone. It’s great because I can carry and finish ideas with me wherever I am. I’ll then record a demo using the Voice Memos app. Then the band and I flesh it out during rehearsal and boom! We record one instrument/voice at a time over a 10-12 hour process for each song.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Aretha Franklin

Janis Joplin

Adele

P!nk

Melissa Etheridge

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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’ve collaborated with my drummer Jeff Mills on some of his original material. Our styles are different enough where we challenge each other yet similar enough where we can meld something truly amazing together.

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

https://julianneqmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/julianneqmusic

https://www.instagram.com/julianneqmusic/

https://twitter.com/julianneqmusic?lang=en

https://soundcloud.com/julianne-q/tracks

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7mBG_ogiq9jk2JRyErGTzA

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/julianne-q/1042175989

https://julianneqmusic.com/merch/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

The happiest day of my life was when I performed to a nearly sold out crowd at the Elbo Room on the night of our Album Release Show. All of my hard work writing, recording, organizing and promoting the record had finally paid off in one euphoric night on stage.

The saddest day of my life was the day after my Grandpa’s funeral last summer. I was dealing with the grief and guilt I felt because the last conversation I had before he died was very strained. Furthermore, I was going through an incredibly painful period of turmoil with my family and my boyfriend. The night I had a huge screaming match over these issues with my parents to the point where I saw my dad crying for the first time in my life and I almost broke up with my boyfriend was the single worst day/night of my life.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I would keep $200,000 for myself. $100,000 of which I would put in a college fund for my kids. The other $100,000 I would use for my music career. The remaining $800,000 I would donate to family members in need as well as disaster relief efforts across America.