Monsell


Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 
My name is Coulter Monsell, I’m from the United States. I’ve had a relatively normal upbringing. All I can say is I have a Mom and Dad who are incredible and a younger sister who is just as incredible, and I love where I’m from. Music has been a big part of my family, as I was raised on The Beatles/John Lennon and all sorts of other great oldie bands.

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

When I was young I played piano until 5th grade, but at 14 years old I really got into playing music when I started playing drums.  Drums have been my best instrument over my music career, and I played drums for the Max Sullivan Group in high school.  When I was 18 I decided to pick up the guitar, and started writing my own songs. Unfortunately I got away from music while I was away at college, but after I graduated I realized how much I loved writing songs and built my own studio in my home and continued to teach different instruments. Through the process of recording my latest album, I also self taught myself how to record, mix, and master as well.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
My genre is some form of rock, so Alternative is a good label for it.  Every song has a different sound to it, which made it hard to just submit one. Some songs are more electronic, some are more rock oriented, and most are a combination of both. “Build a Town” is one of the songs that is purely rock, and it was the first song I ever wrote.  It is the only song that I wrote in high school that made it to my debut album, “Create or Destroy.” The song is about my first break up, and after I got over the “angry” phase I wanted to let my ex know (without her ever hearing the song) that I wanted her to do great things, like build her own life, or “town” as a metaphor.  Ironically, the more I listened to the song and the more feedback I got, it sounded like I wanted her to get away from me and build her own town away from me and everyone else.  So this song can be taken either way, and can hopefully help people relate to both situations.

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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 am a brand new musician when it comes to being the front man, but I have played drums in bands in the past as I said before.  My first show that I played in was so loud that everyone was paying attention and the people who owned the bar told us to turn down the volume a little bit. My guitar player jumped when I first hit the drums, so that experience was memorable and I’d consider it an up.  Playing music loud is the only way to play it.

I recently played in front of Livingston Taylor, James Taylor’s brother as my first performance as a front man, which is obviously another up.  The downs I’ve experienced in the music business have happened recently, as getting declined by blogs can be a mini shot to the ego.  It’s hard when people critique your music, but I have words I live by that I’ll mention later that help me through it. On the up side, I’m so glad that Broadtube accepted “Build a Town” and let me do this!

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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 friend Mason White helped me along the process of putting my music out.  “Monsell” started as a duo (not named “Monsell”), but he went on to do other awesome things.  He still acted as a studio musician while playing bass, as he played bass on 9 out of the 11 tracks and wrote “Corner” and “Like a Fly” with me.  Other than that I did all of the instruments, singing, production, etc. on the rest of the songs.  I recorded everything in my own studio like I said before, and I mixed and mastered everything as well.

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

I was involved in an album with the Max Sullivan Group in high school that was put on iTunes, but just recently this is my first foray into the music industry myself.  My goal is to have my music heard, and I want people to connect with my songs.  I try to make the lyrics and music about real life experiences that people can connect to, and I try to make the lyrics about deep experiences rather than the surface level stuff that circles around the popular music industry today.  Obviously I would like to be a successful musician, but I take it day by day and I just do it because I love it.  I plan on releasing many more albums in the future.

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

I write songs based on emotion.  I know that’s cut and dry and maybe even corny, but it’s true.  I’ve always written a song when something was bothering me or tormenting me.  I see it as a filter, like the words and music are washing away whatever is bothering me.  It’s like therapy.  There are a couple of songs I’ve written when I’ve felt good, but it usually isn’t the case.  However, the spin I put on most of my songs is to have a positive message by the end so I can latch onto it once the song is created, and hopefully my listeners can do the same.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I haven’t made a hit song (maybe one of mine will develop into one, who knows!!) and it’s hard to make a hit song that’s rock nowadays.  But for me, I think that songs with a good groove will always get people going.  Anything that makes people move does well.  Rhythm for some reason is a part of every human on the planet, and so anyone can connect with a good song that has rhythm.

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

One thing that has helped me big time in life over the past year or two is a quote I heard from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.  To sum it up it goes something like this: “You can’t be everything for everyone, there are too many people in this world.  All you can do is what makes you happy, because you are the only one who experiences everything you feel.  Nobody else does.  If you do something that makes you happy and others don’t reciprocate, then that’s on them.  Not on you.  And if you do something that doesn’t make you happy and others don’t reciprocate, do something about it.”  This quote transformed my life.

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

Just have fun with what you make.  Love the music that you create, and don’t settle for anything less.  If people don’t like what you’ve made but you’re happy with it, that’s all that matters.  You can’t worry about what other people think too much, or it will drive you insane. I feel that if you live life this way, good things will come to you as long as you work hard.  This really derives from the quote above.

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

“Create or Destroy” is my first album I released under my artist name “Monsell,” and it has 11 tracks on it.  The album I played drums on in high school was called “Redwood”.  My music career is young, but I have played a decent amount of shows, met some really cool people like May Peng and Livingston Taylor while I was playing live, but that’s about it.  I know that the album has been well received, so I feel good about that.  Maybe next time I submit a tune I’ll have some new things to add to this!

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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. 

Obscure Sounds, Eternity Network, Mystic Sons, anotherwhiskyformisterbukoski, and your very own Broadtube have shared my song in either a playlist or blog post up to this point.  There are more plans to get more involved, but as of now I want to thank every one of them for listening and sharing.  It takes a lot of guts to put music out, and it takes just as much guts to feature a new artist you know nothing about on your website.  I appreciate the faith you put in me and my music to put it on the front pages of your blogs.  Cheers!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
I write songs based on emotion.  I usually start out with a drum beat that I like in my head or just randomly come up with.  I usually use the Maschine to program drums to start, even though I am a drummer.  Ironically, I don’t even play drums on about half the songs on the album even though drums are my best instrument in my opinion (the song “Create or Destroy” has both electronic and real drums).  After that I write a riff on guitar along with the drum loop, and for songs without guitar I usually just riff on the piano. Next, I sing gibberish to some melodies that come naturally to me, and almost always real words come out of the gibberish that are tailored to what I’m feeling at the time.  Lyrics don’t take me long because I have a direction for the song before I start writing it.  I usually have the outline of most songs done in a day or two with a rough track created.  Once that’s done, I’ll either keep the electronic drums or re-record real ones, and then for sloppy takes I go back and re-record them for the final song!

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

It’s so hard to put bands in an ordered list, so I do tiers of bands.  At the top tier is Radiohead, as they are my favorite band that has meant the most to me.  It paints me to say that The Beatles aren’t there with them because I’ve grown up with The Beatles/John Lennon my whole life, but they haven’t had the same effect on my music as Radiohead since they are much older. So the next tier is The Beatles and Beck, and then after that is Wilco, Queens of the Stone Age and (I know this is 6, sorry!!) the Foo Fighters.

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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. 

Like I said before, I collaborated with Mason White during my current album, and my friend Santiago Linares (Tiago) was featured on “Tying the String.” I would love to collaborate with some local artists around me including Brian Walker and Gretchen Klempa, because I think collaborating with other musicians brings out things you’d never expect.  I wouldn’t mind a band either, so if anyone knows people looking for a band, let me know!  Oh and if we are talking about famous people as well, I would want to collaborate with Beck more than anyone.  I think that we would get along great because I feel like we have a similar sense of humor, and our personalities seem very similar as well.  He just comes off as a really good dude.

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

My website

http://monsellmusic.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/monsellmusic/

Personal Twitter

https://twitter.com/coultermonsell Artist Twitter: https://twitter.com/monsellmusic

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/monsell

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0YHgJNIMUZXqGOLE5XanYL

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

 

Bandcamp

https://monsell.bandcamp.com/releases

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/create-or-destroy/1306484727

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Create-Destroy-Monsell/dp/B077492Z8T/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1511233555&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=monsell+create+or+destroy

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Monsell_Create_or_Destroy?id=Bic5s5kjsp7qiu2yuyylhtsyuzm

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest day in recent memory was the day after I released my album.  I was psyched about the release and that I finally got my music out to the public, and on the same day I got promoted at work and my friend asked me if I wanted to play in front of Livingston Taylor.  It’s a day that I will remember forever.

 

My saddest day isn’t really a day, but it’s a string of days.  My dad was really sick when I was little, and he almost passed away.  Thankfully we had great doctors who saved his life, so he’s been able to be a huge part of my life.  Both of my parents are my rocks, and I wouldn’t be even close to the person I am today without them.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

Does this mean you guys are giving me a million dollars?? Kidding (maybe?) of course, but this is an interesting one.  I’m not a person who thinks about this a lot because money isn’t super important to me, but I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be nice to have a million dollars.  I think if I had a million dollars I would buy a house in England. I loved my time over there when I went there on vacation, and I think being able to go back and forth between two cultures would be both fantastic and eye opening.  So many of us have been stuck inside the cultures we grew up in.  Not that it’s a bad thing, I love where I’m from, but I think it would be great if people could experience other cultures for real on a consistent basis, instead of going places for just a week or two on vacation.  So yeah, I would buy a house in England for that reason.  And I think it would be cool to settle down with a British woman.  That too.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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