Kofi Daeshaun

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

My real name is Joseph Teye-Kofi. I was born in Ghana and I grew up in a predominantly Catholic community and attended all boy’s catholic boarding schools.

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

I am basically a solo act. I write, sing, rap and basically tackle every musical genre as I deem fit. I buy beats online and I record myself in my home studio. I do a little editing and then I send the pro tools sessions to Christopher “CL” McCleron in Texas for final mixing and mastering. I used to be in a group with my older brother years ago. I also grew up in a bar where music was always being played or performed.

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

The song is basically asking for my engagement ring back because the relationship with “Araba” (a female name in Ghana) fell through. I am heart-broken and acting on impulse. The song is sung in English and Twi (a Ghanaian language).

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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.

Every musician has had their numerous downs in their musical journey. I do not dwell on the lows. I would still do music even if no one listened. I wake up happy or sad and I write songs to reflect my journey and growth on earth.

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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 normally shoot music videos with my son as the video director. Bruce Teye-Kofi is his name and he is in business school as a freshman in college.

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

I have always been involved in music either directly or indirectly. From following DJs around as a kid to paying for studio time to record a song as a high school kid.

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

Life happens and I use that as inspiration to write, compose and sing.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I believe the key lies in being true to self and not blindly copying trends and popular artists. A true musician should never get desperate during the creative process. Remain calm and keep things simple in the mix.

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

More love and stay peaceful out there. Keep an open heart even for things you do not agree with.

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

Be true to self and learn to identify constructive criticism. When it’s all said and done, your music should reflect you.

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

This song is a single on my fourth studio album titled Pedigree slated for February 2018 release. My previous albums were titled Grim Tales, Ghetto Santa 2017 and Trap House Redemption. All albums are available on all online streaming 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.

KRXM radio and a Canadian online radio station have shown interest in my music. I am thankful to this blog for the opportunity to spread and share my music.

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

Writing comes to me naturally. I struggle with keeping things simple but I am maturing at the songwriting process. I record alone in my home studio early weekend mornings. I have the whole process well-rehearsed.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Willie Nelson, Bob Marley, KRS-ONE, Ice Cube and Alkaline.

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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 would like to work with Drake, Alicia Keys or John Legend.

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

Contact: Kofi Daeshaun 970-412-5140 (joekofi123@yahoo.com)

https://www.facebook.com/universekofidaeshaun/

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/kofidaeshaun/

 

 

https://twitter.com/KofiDaeshaun

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

https://soundcloud.com/kofi-daeshaun/sets/trap-house-redemption

 

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1261885585

 

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/14bruces/playlist/0VAh6eBPs343hUrae0ZVR9

 

 

https://fanburst.com/kofidaeshaun/album/trap-house-redemption

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dDxymeVXSI

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day is when my son was born and my saddest day is when my father died.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would pay off my house and I would buy my mother a car and I would put money in college funds for my son and daughter and I would lay low while I scheme on my next million. 

Midnight Pilot

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

Kyle Schonewill – USA – 10/20/1988

Grant Geertsma – USA – 6/29/1988

Kris Schonewill – USA – 9/13/1990

Dustin Wise – USA – 10/23/1988

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

Grant, Kyle and Kris actually grew up together in the small town of Holland, Michigan. They have been good friends since birth. Dustin grew up in Colorado. All of us started playing music at a young age and have continued to work on our craft ever since.

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

After playing music together for many years under a different name, MIDNIGHT PILOT was formed in 2014 in Nashville, TN. We loved the way “Midnight Pilot” sounded as well as the branding we could do with that (bomber jackets, planes, etc). We all play a little of most instruments, but each of us have our own strengths. Kyle plays mostly lead guitar, Grant plays guitar and sings, Dustin plays keys, and Kris plays bass. Grant does most of the songwriting whereas Kyle and Dustin do most of the producing. Overall though, we love working on music together.

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

We claim to be an indie rock band. We feel that most accurately describes our sound. We feature a lot of guitars and chord changes as well as some catchy melodies. Our most recent EP “Stepping Stone” is on the darker/ heavier/viby-er side for Midnight Pilot. Whereas other EP’s may have showcased our ability to write a mid tempo or ballad, we cranked up the guitars a notch on “Harder to Find,” “Stepping Stone” and “Not My Style.”

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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 feel like songwriting and production is our greatest strength. The music business can be a tough business to be in. For every success/“win” that we get, it comes with 10 losses/failures. You just have to learn to keep pushing, take constructive criticism when it is given and keep getting better.

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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.

“Harder to Find” was recorded in Nashville, TN by Logan Matheny and Kyle Schonewill. Kyle and Grant did most of the producing, with Dustin and Kris also chiming in occasionally with ideas. Will Chapman, who normally plays in the Indie band “Colony House” was our guest drummer for the entire project. He did an amazing job. We tracked drums and bass first after Grant and Kyle had recorded some scratch tracks. We then filled in all the guitars, keys and vocals before having Dustin add a few last minute touches of some weird sounds. Kyle did all the mixing and mastering at his studio, The Treehouse.

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

We have been playing music for a long time, but Midnight Pilot has really been in the industry since 2014. As I mentioned before, it has been filled with ups and downs. The goal would be to eventually be able to have MIDNIGHT PILOT be our full time gig.

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

Making music is just SO FUN. Making it with your friends is even better. That is what is so inspiring. You get to start with NOTHING and by working together; turn that nothing into a tangible product, a song. Getting your feelings and emotions to come out into the music is such a cool experience. And music has the power of communicating and connecting with people like nothing else. Hearing other artists that we love make the music that they love also inspires us on a day to day basis.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Haha, if we knew, we would tell ya! In all seriousness, I think it’s just writing music that really means something to YOU as the writer. Whenever we try to force a sound, lyric, or song, it never turns out as good. Our best songs are the ones that just come naturally to us.

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

If you guys keep listening, we will keep making music! We are so thankful for every one of our listeners. It means so much to us that somewhere, someone we don’t know is listening to the music and the songs that we write in our houses mean something to those listeners. Love you guys.

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

Keep pushing, keep going. No matter what anyone says to you, if it’s in your heart, keep digging. No matter the level of success you are able to achieve, music can still be such a special thing.

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

Our discography currently includes – “Let Go” – EP in 2014. “MIDNIGHT PILOT” a full length album in 2015. “The Good Life” EP in 2016. Then, “Hold On” and “Stepping Stone” both released in 2017. Our greatest success in the music industry has been in the film/TV sync world. We had a song played on The NFL Network. One of our older songs was featured in the trailer for the movie “Sleepwalk With Me.” We have also had songs featured on The Food Network, HGTV, and the Katie Couric show. Music licensing is an area we hope to continue to grow.

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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.

See above for TV. We have had a multitude of blogs and Indie/ College radio stations around the country. A few online radio stations as well.

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

Our writing process usually starts with Grant just hearing a melody in his head. He then tries to put chords to that melody. At that point, he will take the song to Kyle. Kyle and Grant will make some adjustments and start tweaking the song. Maybe we change the melody slightly, or the structure, or a bridge. After all of that is set, we will put some lyrics together and see how they fit with the track. We won’t fully know how it all works together until we start recording everything for it. Sometimes, we get to tracking the vocals after everything else is done, and we notice there is a melody we don’t like as much anymore and it has to be changed. We try to avoid that, but sometimes you can’t.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Coldplay, Colony House, Phantom Planet, Wilco, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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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 really haven’t done much collaboration. Any of the above artists would be AMAZING to collaborate with.

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

www.midnightpilot.com

https://www.instagram.com/midnightpilotband/

https://twitter.com/midnightpilot

https://www.facebook.com/midnightpilotband/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Ffh1BAcidX4XmPePb4ZfD

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

http://midnightpilot.bigcartel.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/midnight-pilot/id895558403

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest Day – When our song was featured in a NFL show about one of our best friends who plays in the NFL.

Saddest day – when we parted ways with our old drummer.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Pay off school debt. Invest. Buy better cars. Invest into our houses. Give. Make our DREAM record. Buy more recording gear / guitar gear.

NeodotcoM

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

Kenneth Crump, Chicago, IL, US.  I’m an infinite being of light.  This childhood experience was one of the best ones of my humanoid experience. I grew up on the South Side in the 80’s.  I’ve seen it all.​

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

​I’m NeodotcoM means the digital resolution of duality.  I’m an author, mathemagician and bad ass Emcee, I like long walks on the beach and I’m also a master energy healer.

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

My Genre is Punk Rap. It’s inspired by Life,Video Games and Psychedelics. “Derrick Rose” is inspired by the trials and tribulations of life and overcoming obstacles by viewing them as opportunities.

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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.   ​

​In regards to the ups and downs of the business the song says it best.

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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.

​It’s pretty much all Me right now.  ​

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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 this game for a while now in some aspect or another, longer than I care to admit. I’ve worked behind the scenes the last few years becoming a person and mastering my craft. Worked in NYC, LA and of course Chicago as a culture creator and tastemaker.​

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

I’m inspired to write because it’s more fun than watching TV or being on social media.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secret behind a hit song is a good beat, great hook, good melodies and relatability.

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

Do you.  Just make sure it’s working. If your way ain’t working.  Do something better.  Step your game up every day and every way and you’re guaranteed a good outcome.​

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

Get a job and master your craft.

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

This is my 3rd single ever but I used to be a top ranked battle rapper in Chicago when that was cool.  Went against the world’s #1 at Scribble Jam. Then I realized it was about making songs and business more than raw bars.​

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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.

Vittek Tape picked me up in Europe, Hwing in the UK, Buffablog in NY, Mishka DJ in Russia​, WHPK in Chicago always takes care of me. I missed an EarMilk article recently because I was in Zion on vacation, but to all the early adopters I really say thank you for pressing play and enjoying the music and the song even when I’m not a household name, yet. Gratitude.

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

​I listen to the beat and say whatever it tells me to say then I write my name on it and take the credit.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Kanye, Jay, MetroBoomin, Nghtmre, God.

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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.

Kanye, Jay, MetroBoomin, Nghtmre, Stevie Wonder and I already work with God so that’s a dream come true.  It’s awesome.​

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

www.soundcloud.com/neodotcom

www.instagram.com/neodotcom

www.facebook.com/neodotcom

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

​Apple, Tidal, Spotify.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

​Happiest day was the day my daughter was born; saddest day is when my cousin got shot.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

​Wouldn’t spend it, I’d invest it and spend the interest

Rooftop

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

Ehab Faraj, Bahrain, 16 May 1974, exposed to music from a very young age and started playing guitar from the age of 13.

Abdulla Muijrers, Netherlands, 23 October 1985, grew up in Rotterdam moved to Bahrain at the age of 7; took up the drums at the age of 14 forming his first band 2 years later.

Ali Khunji, Bahrain, 27 October 1970, played bass since the age of 15 and has playing in several bands ever since.

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

Our band name was inspired by Ehab’s studio which is on the “rooftop” of his house. It’s where all the creative sessions take place and music is born before hitting the studio.

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

We are a rock band very much influenced by the classic rock era of musicians, the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Cure, The Police and so forth, but with a more modern edge.

The song, “Scared Like a Hero” is about forbidden love.

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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.

Having started the guitar at the tender age of 13, Ehab has consistently been part of several projects, be it pursuing his own musical interests or as a session musician for other artists and has been prominent on the live scene, both in Cyprus and the United States.

Ali started playing the bass from the age of 15 and has never looked back since. As a self-taught bass player, he picked up the instrument and has been part of numerous hard rock and progressive rock bands since the mid-eighties, be it in Bahrain, Cyprus or the United States.

Abdulla has been playing the drums since the age of 14. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Master’s degree in music industry studies, he has gone on to perform with countless bands in Bahrain, the Netherlands and the UK. Most notably he has been the founder of one of Bahrain’s first and finest all original heavy metal bands, which went on to release several albums and a split live DVD. In 2007, he was also a founding member and drummer for a rock band based out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where he was also featured as a songwriter on the band’s debut release.

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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.

After the song was composed at our home studio, we entered Studio 77, where under the expert tutelage of our producer Hani Taqi, the track was recorded. We are currently working on a music video for our next single!

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

Being exposed to the music scene since the 80’s and having seen the tremendous changes the industry has gone through has only helped to expand our vision and outlook. Given our mentioned experiences, we want to be able to write music so people can appreciate and love to listen to whilst growing a huge fan base.

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

Our inspiration is influenced by many aspects of our day to day life, having three unique individuals expands our diversity when we meet and write a song, then off course collaborating all of that in a distinguished single sound is what truly makes us unique.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

It’s about passion, emotions and in the same time making sure that it is fun, natural and getting out of your comfort zone for a better outcome.

 

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

Music and musicians that you love need you, so go to their shows, listen to their albums and share your joy with others. Without you it is not possible to exist.

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

Be true to yourself, believe in yourself, don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise and always work hard.

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

As Rooftop we are just getting started, but we all have our own musical track records that have lead us to this point.  We aim to reach new heights with Rooftop, building on our past experiences.

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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.

AVA Live Radio – Episode 526: Behind the Music with Jacquline Lax

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2017/10/15/episode-526-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Music-News.com

http://www.music-news.com/news/Underground/108872/Rooftop

MarhabaFil Bahrain Magazine – 4th quarter 2017 issue (print Magazine)

https://issuu.com/marhabafilbahrain/docs/mfb_q4_2017

Radio Bahrain 96.5FM

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

The three of us write out of jam sessions after we review, compile and build on the parts we like.  We then come up with a concept based on the vibe we get from the music.  Finally we work together with the vocalist and write the lyrics based on the concept.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Well to add to the three we mentioned earlier the 5 bands that most influenced our sound as a band are: The Cure, The Police, U2, Toto and Led Zeppelin.

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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.

Well in addition to James Morgan who was the lead vocalist on the album, we worked with Safiya Khonji, Vahid Ellis and Susan Pinto on backing vocals, Noriel Sario on the harmonica and Nader Sharif on keys who are all great artists and really brought something fresh and interesting to our record.  In the future we will definitely be looking to continue to seek collaborations with other artists whether they are from our regional scene or abroad.

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

Web

www.rooftop.band

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/rooftop.band/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Rooftop.band7/

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfVgsqgKKaHDGhGC4NycZjQ

Twitter

https://twitter.com/rooftopband_

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

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/seven/id1231987013

CDbaby

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rooftop1

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/5IgiEZchligTT8Yq7fVs1A

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

When a piece of music we have been working on really starts to come together is when we are at our best and happiest as a band.  Our worst is when something we have been looking forward to gets canceled like a writing session, recording session or scheduled collaboration.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

On building a recording studio and filling it with equipment and gear!  Something we seem intent on doing anyway LOL!

P Cruz

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
I was born and raised in Queens, NY, United States.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Music became a significant part of my life when I started playing drums. It’s the instrument by which I started communicating musically with others. Every other instrument I’ve learned since then has been out of necessity to communicate what I feel through music.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I tell people my music is Alternative Hip-hop, but I don’t think I have the enough perspective to label it properly.
The music video for “Gobstop (Life),”, is an homage to John Frusciante’s videos during his “To Record Only Water for Ten Days” era. This is most apparent in the looping/back and forth editing.

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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.
Everything you need to know about me as a musician is on my EP “Letter to Miss Ives.” It’s probably the best way I can explain what music means to me right now.
Ups: The messages I received from people who said my record spoke to them.
Downs: Most of my downs come from me. I’m insecure as an artist.

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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.
This is my solo work so I write and produce everything, though there are two people with additional production credits. Zeno Pittarelli mixed the tracks and there are some sonic choices he made that were important for the song. Chris Brazee was my ear through the whole process of mixing and mastering. I was too close to the songs by that time so he helped to have his outside perspective. There are also additional vocals on a few tracks by Stephanie Cruz.

The video was shot and directed by Stephanie Cruz. We are both fans of John Frusciante so I knew I could trust her to create what was needed for “Gobstop (Life).” We filmed at Jones Beach in Long Island, NY.
The song was recorded on my laptop at home and in a space called “Nectar Flood.” It’s a garage that was converted into a living space that a dear friend of mine let me use.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’m honestly not sure how long I’ve been in it, or if I am in it at all. My future goal is to finish all the projects I have in progress.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I’m still trying to figure this out.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I’m the wrong person to ask. I haven’t made a hit song.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Create the ideas you have in your head.

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

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
I’d rather not. I find myself looking to my past music career and criticizing my present. I need to appreciate what I’m doing now.

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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.
Thank you to all the blogs that have featured my music. It means a lot to me that you take out the time to listen, write about and share it.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I write lyrics on my commute. I travel from Queens to Manhattan every day and anyone who uses the MTA knows how insane the delays can get. This gives me time to write and writing helps distract from the frustration of my commute.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Indigo La End
Juan Alderete De La Peña
Kid Koala
Saul Williams
Tokimonsta

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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’m in the group called Punskription and it’s a collaboration with Pete the Lone Lobo. I want to finish our next record.

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

Instagram/Twitter: @Pcruzmusic

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

pcruz.bandcamp.com


iTunes

itunes.apple.com/album/id1291086835

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
I can’t recall either.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Ideally I’d keep half and figure out a way to share the other half, but that’s coming from someone who has no idea what having that kind of money feels like.

Tom Forest

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Tom Gracefield, Isabel Gracefield- both from the UK, Tom grew up in sunny Windsor, Isabel in Southampton where it is usually raining.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Tom was a guitarist in bands since he was 12, before striking out on his own, and meeting Isabel, a writer, producer and engineer. Together they are Tom Forest (Forest is her grandmother’s name). They write the music together, she records it, and recently they’ve taken to directing their own videos too.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Tom Forest’s debut album ‘Hope’ is a deeply personal record. Following the near death of Tom’s brother, and other life changing events the album charts the lows of working yourself to the bone, to the highs of love and family.
The video for “Superhuman” comes from the song: Tom says “I have this image in my head of a man in a suit, underwater, never reaching the surface. ‘Superhuman’ is about working too hard towards something, and becoming engulfed. I worked for a few years at a law firm with the idea that a solid, well-paid job would somehow help me cling on in London, making music. But I was juggling two careers with no space for anything else, to breaking point. Sometimes it is better to give up, and to go home, if you can.”

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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.
Tom
“Last year I was in a dark place with music. It felt like life was telling me it was time to stop, even though it was something that had always been second nature. To make an album took a huge amount of support from friends and family – many people contributed to that process and I’m so grateful. Sometimes the value of dreams is not in whether you achieve or fail, but in the belief in that it brings out in those around you. If you find yourself fighting a battle, even if you lose, you see who comes to join you.”

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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 was shot in our back garden, by an amazing DOP called Arthur Loveday, and art director Katherine Burke. It was a freezing cold day in October and on the day of the shoot Tom woke up very ill, but since the crew and gear were booked we had to go ahead. That water he’s in is COLD! The final shot, where Tom submerges is done for real. That was the third take. On the previous two we would kick the side of the bath when we thought we had enough footage, but on that third take his entry in the water looked really good and so we didn’t give him the signal to come up, we just waited to see how long he could last!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We signed our debut album ‘Hope’ to an independent label in LA last Christmas, and made the record in just under a month, so Tom Forest is really new. We are starting to write the next album, and looking forward to recording and releasing that in 2018.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
The Tom Forest album was written in absolute secrecy, as a kind of therapy to deal with life events. It was never intended to be heard widely, and it was discovered by the label by accident.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
For us, a hit is when a song connects deeply for another person, even if it’s just one. We’ve been very blessed to receive messages now from people to tell us that the songs move them, and that’s enough for us. We will continue to write from our experiences, in the hope that other people will find joy or support in the music.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Don’t give up, everything will be OK.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
We probably aren’t in a position to give advice! Stick with it, don’t be afraid to have a day job, everyone does these days…

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
We just won our first award! Best Of British gave us the Critic’s Award for 2017 which is amazing. In her work as an engineer, Isabel has worked on a couple of platinum selling, Grammy award winning records.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
We’ve had fanatic support from Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson at BBC6, Line of Best Fit, Alex Rainbird and The Alternative Way, Clash, Atwood Magazine and our favourite interview has been with a blog called A Romantic Calamity.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
‘Hope’ was written almost entirely in rehearsal rooms, just guitar and voice. “Superhuman” and a couple of other songs were written at home on a Bechstein upright piano, we were looking after for the band UNKLE. We made sure we didn’t go into the studio with any of the songs before we had the entire lyrics and track written, so we could work really fast when we did have studio time.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
We love Sufjan Stevens, Aparat, Denai Moore, Sampha and Jeff Buckley.

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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 would love to work with absolutely anyone who wants to work with us! For the new record we are co-writing with some of the amazing artists and producers we have met over the last year.

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

Instagram:
www.instagram.com/tomforestmusic


Facebook:
www.facebook.com/TomForestMusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
You can find us on iTunes, and Spotify and we’d love it if you would follow us there.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
One of our happiest days was recording strings on the album with a real orchestra, and shooting our first proper music video. Those experiences are magical. Our saddest day will be if we ever have to stop making music together.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
We’d build a very modest but well equipped recording studio somewhere close by, so we could make albums with all our friends forever.

Katherine Evans

https://soundcloud.com/katherineevansmusic/take-it-slow-1/s-Xhflo

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 
My name is Katherine Evans, I was born in the United States, my birthday is April 25th, and I grew up in Westchester, NY.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
My parents were both musicians, and my mom had me and my brother playing instruments when we were 3 years old—him cello and me violin. I played a full-length concert by the time I was 8, and I’m so grateful that my mom exposed me to music at such a young age; I did eventually get less interested in classical violin. My true passion was always singing. I went to University of Miami where I was a jazz voice major for a year, then switched to the contemporary songwriting program with a major in music business. I just graduated this past May.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
Electro-soul, indie-pop, alternative, hip-hop, whatever you want to call it. This song is about wanting to preserve a fleeting feeling. It’s about letting go and being young and reckless for a night.

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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. 
There’s not much to know yet…I’m just getting started, as this is my first single I’m putting out to the world—which is exciting but was very scary at first.

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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 first worked on this song with Daniel Loumpouridis, who has an amazing ear and came up with all the major beats and synths behind “Take It Slow”. I then got together with Gabe Berenbaum months later and he added his own flare to the song and polished it up for me. To work with two different producers was so cool and gave me multiple perspectives on the song.

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

I’ve been writing songs since I was 15, but didn’t start performing as a singer/songwriter until 4 years ago. I’m having fun collaborating with other artists and writing in a bunch of different genres. I hope I can continue to do this and eventually put out a full album of my original music.

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

I write as a way to identify what I’m feeling and to add merit to it. I used to be very closed off and writing was my only outlet. Now, it’s more of a way to explore emotions and learn more about myself and the people around me.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
Keep it simple, and hopefully the melody comes to you super quickly, without a tedious amount of effort and re-editing. The catchy melodies will be stuck in your brain and won’t take much thought. Make it easy to sing along to so listeners of various musical talents can blast your song and sing it back with ease.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Be kind to everyone, including yourself. Pet dogs.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Surround yourself with loving people who will be there for you when you feel stuck or on the verge of mental breakdown. Be nice to everyone!

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
I got the Daniel Pearl Award from Mark O’Connor at this fiddle camp I went to 2 summers ago. This is my first single; I hope to put out an EP or album in the next year. And to tour is the dream.

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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. 
Thank you so much BROADTUBE, Indietronica, Hip Hop Headquarters, Eternity Network, That New Jam, Purple Melon, and KRXM radio for featuring “Take It Slow” on your blogs/playlists/radio stations. It means the world to me.

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

I record snippets of song ideas onto my voice memos just about every day. I usually go back to them and create my melody and sit with it for a while until I realize what feeling the song is giving me, and then I vamp off that lyrically. I have my own studio set-up but I work with producers who help me bring my ideas to life.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

  • Phoebe Bridgers

  • Billie Eilish

  • Lorde

  • Frank Ocean

  • Chance The Rapper

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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 been working with a lot of DJs of various EDM styles, and have a couple songs coming out soon. I’m open to all writing opportunities.

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

Website

http://www.katherineevansmusic.com

Facebook page

www.facebook.com/katherineevansmusic

 

Soundcloud

www.soundcloud.com/katherineevansmusic

 

Instagram:

www.instagram.com/katherineaevans

Twitter

www.twitter.com/1katherineevans

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

Follow me on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4N8sygCin7ofpqjGEHgAke

Stream on Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/katherineevansmusic/take-it-slow-1

Buy it on iTunes/Apple music https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-it-slow-single/1307413076

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

A recent happy day was when I saw a Phoebe Bridgers concert with one of my best friends in NYC.

A sad day was when I got my wisdom teeth out last winter. I was sick too and was in so much pain for weeks. L

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I’d invest it. Maybe buy some cool studio equipment and adopt more dogs.

Jazz Mino

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





My name is Jazz (short for Jasmine) and I’m half Iranian, half British. I moved around quite a lot whilst I was growing up! I was born in Manchester, UK, moved to the countryside and now I’m back to the city life and loving living in London.

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





I’ve been singing ever since I can remember really, but I started to get really into songwriting when my Grandma taught me how to play piano. From there I started performing my own songs in my School Concert and absolutely loved the feeling of being on stage! For a long time I’ve been writing songs for other artists, which has really helped me discover the type of music that really inspires me and that I want to create. My artist name is Jazz Mino and I’ve just released my new single, “Crush” and Spotify have been championing it, which I’m thrilled about. J

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music and current single. 





I would say that my genre is very much Pop, and I’ve been inspired by artists such as Sigala, Sam Feldt, Martin Jensen etc. At the moment I’m doing a colour campaign, putting out a series of singles which promote equality, diversity and the importance of self-care. Every time I’m about to release a new single, I change colour. My latest release, “Crush” is the second single in the series and my hair, clothes and socials are currently orange!

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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 main struggle throughout my journey as an artist is my battle with anxiety. For a really long time, I just had this constant feeling of suffocating dread, and not only did it affect my ability to perform, it affected all aspects of my life. After a few years I finally reached out to my family, and with their support and a lot of hard work, I now feel in a much better place. The reason I was actually inspired to release my latest single, “Crush” was because it’s all about having fun in the moment and not over analyzing things; this is something I’ve been able to achieve since overcoming anxiety.

Every time I sing “Crush”, it just reminds me of the journey I’ve come on to feel the way I do now. I’m so much happier and confident within myself; sometimes I still get anxious but most of the time I’m able to just truly embrace every day rather than worrying too much about what the future holds.

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Tell us about other members in your team, music producer, crew, and how the song was recorded.

I was first inspired to cover “Crush” (by Jennifer Paige) when I really sat down and listened to the lyrics. It really related to where I am now, so I started to create my own interpretation of the lyrics and melody. I then recorded the track with my amazing team over at Soho Studios, London. We did it over a weekend and just had so much fun. There’s nothing I love more than walking out of the studio at the end of a long day, knowing that you’ve got a banger coming out.

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





I’ve been in the music industry for about 10 years now, writing behind the scenes and experimenting with my own style. I finally feel over the past 6 months like I’ve truly found myself as an artist and I couldn’t be more proud of what I’m doing at the moment. As for future goals, one of my absolute dreams would be to feature on one of Sigala’s singles. He’s inspired me so much and I just love his uplifting, euphoric energy on every track he puts out!

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



My writing inspirations nearly always come from personal experiences, or topics that I feel strongly about. In terms of actually sitting down and writing, it really varies. I have lots of ‘songwriting days’ where I write nothing that I’m happy with, and then at like 3am when I’m trying to sleep, the catchiest hook will invade my brain and I’ll have to head to my studio and get it down haha.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

For me, it’s to write from the heart, but when I’m writing for other artists it can sometimes be more challenging. I really try to get into their mindset of where they are in their life, how they’re feeling and what they’re trying to communicate to their listeners. Then I start playing around with some pop/dance chords progressions and I don’t stop until I’ve got an infectious hook!

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




The message I want to pass to my fans is what my colour campaign is all about; championing equality, diversity and self-care. I strongly believe that we all need to learn to love ourselves more and look after ourselves and others better. No matter where you’re from, how much money you have or what you look like; we are all equal and deserve love and respect. I try to have a positive outlook on life and treat everyone with kindness, from being there for my family/friends, to smiling at a stranger. Sometimes you can completely turn somebody’s day around with just a small, kind gesture, and I’d love to see more of this, especially around London.

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



The advice I’d always give to an upcoming artist, is to stay true to who you are and although it’s tempting, don’t rush your art. It sometimes takes a long time to get everything in place but when you finally do, it’s so rewarding.

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




To be honest, I’m a fairly new artist in terms of introducing myself to the market. It took me a while to really understand what I wanted from my career and the music I wanted to make. I’ve just started a UK Schools Tour; I did my first school today and had such an amazing time! During the tour I’m also spreading the message of self-care, and that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. I feel really happy to be able to be doing what I love and putting out positive vibes to a younger generation.

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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. 





Ah there’s so many, I’ve received so much support for “Crush” and I just feel very grateful, and honored that people are enjoying it enough to want to share it with their social circles. I’m particularly pleased that Spotify are championing it and have added it to their Chilled Pop Hits official playlist, as Spotify is where I listen to my music and get my inspiration from. J

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




My lyrics always come from my personal experiences or subjects I feel strongly about. My writing technique really varies, a lot of the time I’ll have a really clear idea of exactly how I want my song to sound and go in the studio with it all prepared. Other times, I’ll have a general direction, and then myself and my producer will bounce ideas around. For recording vocals, I see the studio as a delicate version of singing live. You still need just as much emotion and passion, and sometimes it can be hard to capture this on a record.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 




At the moment, my top five have to be Sigala, Anne Marie, Sam Feldt, Oliver Nelson and Raye.

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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 currently just done collaboration with one of my favourite artists, Oliver Nelson! He heard my latest track “Crush”, and has done an amazing remix which is out on Spotify, Apple Music etc Friday 1st December. It’s an absolute banger and I can’t wait to share it with the world!

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



Website

http://www.jazzmino.com/

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/jazz_mino_uk/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/JazzMinoUK

Spotify

http://jazzmi.no/2hxs9gX

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/jazzmino

Twitter

https://twitter.com/Jazz__Mino

YouTube

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

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



Spotify

http://jazzmi.no/2hxs9gX

Apple Music

http://jazzmi.no/2k4ShV0

Itunes

http://jazzmi.no/2k4ShV0

Amazon

http://jazzmi.no/2AE3lQ0

Google Play

http://jazzmi.no/2j0FvU2

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Ah it’s pretty hard to pick just one happy day! I have so many lovely memories, from the times where I just sit with my sister and laugh so hard that we cry, to my manager calling me to tell me Spotify are loving my new single!

My saddest days for sure were around the time when my Gran passed away. She was without a doubt, the kindest, most caring and loving person I’ve ever been lucky enough to have in my life. She also taught me how to read music so without her; I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I would spend it traveling around the world with my closest friends and my family. And hopefully living a very long and happy life haha.