8 Graves

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

8 graves is made up of two members. Brent Carpentier (Me) sings, writes lyrics, and handles vocals. Nick Goncalves plays guitar and keys live, and handles instrumentation, production, mixing and engineering. We were both born in New Jersey in the US, really close to each other. We met about 13 years ago at a part-time job at an electronics retailer, and started making music together shortly thereafter. Now, several projects later, we’ve really hit our stride as 8 Graves.

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

Both Nick and I grew up playing instruments and loving music. Nick’s father is a musician as well, and got him into playing guitar early on. He grew into producing digitally on his computer as early as 8th and 9th grade, and fell in love with the endless possibilities that presented. Nick started to get really into some of the electronic music giants, like Daft Punk and The Prodigy, and then got into some of the scene bands like Thursday and My Chemical Romance. Eventually, he came back around to the digital side of things, playing guitar less and producing on his computer more. Now, 8 Graves gives him the opportunity to do a lot of both.

I wanted to play every instrument I could get my hands on, and was heavily involved in my scholastic music programs growing up. I was raised on Motown and old school R&B, like Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and Prince, and as I grew up, went through many phases in my musical fandom. I was a huge hip hop fan, then got really into metal, then was an emo kid, then spent a ton of time listening to EDM music, and finally came back around to writing what I really loved, poppy R&B style songs with dark vocals.

Both Nick and I were able to take our eclectic tastes in music, and roll them into what has become 8 Graves signature sound. R&B style vocals, emo lyrics, hip hop drums and rhythms, rock guitars, and modern electronic dance music synths and production all have a place in what we do. It kind of has something for everyone, and it’s super gratifying to be able to find a way to include everything we love about music into one succinct package.

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

Our genre is kind of hard to define. In one year, we’ve had tracks labeled Pop, R&B, Future Bass, Alternative Soul, Alt Rock, and Trip Hop. Recently, some folks have started calling us “Future Grunge.” I’m partial to that description. We really are kind of different, and I think that is a good way to describe our modern, polished production that still manages to be dark and rough around the edges in a lot of ways.

As far as “Hang” goes, the song is all about toxic friendships. It’s a statement about how often people choose to befriend others that are obviously selfish, and how often we allow ourselves to be hurt by that choice. I think, now more than ever, people are terrified to be alone, and so we hold onto relationships that are terrible for us, and allow the people we’re involved with to push us, steal from us, and hurt us. This song asks, how far will you let that go? What would it take for you to admit these people are no good for you? Would you sooner die than face your fear of being lonely? That common problem is what inspired “Hang.”

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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. 

Who I am as a musician, and the ups and downs we’ve seen are very much related in my opinion. I’ve watched a bunch of musicians I’ve known succeed, but none of them have stayed at the top very long. None of them have really seemed to be happy. I think that happens for two reasons. One, I think a lot of people earn that success the wrong way. The second is that they’re not looking for their definition of success.

Often times, younger kids who get into music ask me, “What can we do to succeed?” I always ask them in return, “What do you mean by success?” If you want to make money in the music industry, first of all, I hope your parents are rich. Let them put you up in an apartment in NYC or LA. Go out every single night. Do drugs with industry people in bathrooms. Kiss their asses. Pay for their drinks. Get in good with all the party promoters by bringing some dumb ass Instagram models to their parties, and gain access to every exclusive event. Take the most important people you meet to all of them, and basically pretend they’re your friends. Knowing people will put you in a position to make money faster than working on your music will. That’s just how things are. If I made it by doing that, I wouldn’t have any respect for myself.

Nick and I, we’ve always refused to do that. The time others spend partying, we’re writing. While others are out kissing asses, Nick is in the studio for 9 hours mixing and mixing and mixing, honing his craft – getting better every single day. When we’re asked to play the game, we don’t, and I think that’s been a huge part of why we have struggled to move up the ladder. That being said, our view of success is making music that we love. No writers. No producers. No one else has a hand in our creation, and because of that, when our songs succeed, we are filled with so much joy. It’s like watching your kid growing up to do cool things. We created it. We love it. And we’re proud of it.

Our ups and downs are in our own minds and hearts. We get amped for a song to do well, and it bombs. We don’t expect a song to do well, and it kills. We write something awesome and we’re super excited. We hit some writers’ block and get stressed out. Those are the ups and downs that we live by. We focus on our creative process. Our product. Our craft. The industry can’t move me up or down. Only my music and the people who grow to appreciate it can.

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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. 

So I think I already spoke a bit about Nick, and it’s just me and him. As far as how the song was recorded, we do everything ourselves. We’ve poured all the money we can spare into building a modest digital home studio that’s essentially Nick’s bedroom. We write, track, produce, and mix everything ourselves. We do everything from conception to release, as far as the songs are concerned. So Nick will make an instrumental that’s basically a 4 bar loop of a verse and maybe a chorus, I’ll write some melodies and lyrics over it, and show him. If we’re both digging it, we develop the idea, and take it from those 4 bars to a complete song. It’s time consuming, and definitely puts pressure on us to constantly work, but it’s how we’re happiest with what we create.

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

Nick and I have been making music together for 12 years now. I suppose that means we’ve been in the industry that long, but honestly, I don’t consider us part of any industry. We’re musicians and writers who make songs for ourselves. Art and industry don’t belong together, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re not part of that. Now, our goal is what it should have always been. We want to make songs that move us and move others. We want to love our songs, and hope to connect to people through them. Whatever comes with that will come.

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

Most of what I write is inspired by things that I see wrong with the world. I know that at first glance a lot of our songs sound like they’re about a girl, but I think I use that analogy for folks just because it’s an accessible, relatable one. Most of our songs, at least lyrically, come from my depression, my lack of ability to fit in, and my overbearing disappointment with just how evil, wrong, and lonely I find the world to be. Writing about that and singing and having people identify with what I say is like a drink of water in the desert. It refreshes me, and gives me a little bit of what I need to keep trekking ahead.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Get a celebrity to tweet they think your song is cool, or post an Instagram video of them lip syncing it with a link somewhere shortly after it. Either that or pay a shit ton of money for placement on playlists and radio. Nothing about your creative process will guarantee making it a hit. Money spent and asses kissed is the only surefire way. Again, probably why we don’t have any hits yet.

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

I feel like this is so cliche, but if I could tell people anything, all I would say is always, unapologetically be yourself and live in the real world. I think we’ve arrived at a point where everyone really hates themselves. We’re fooled by Instagram and Facebook into believing that somehow everyone is better than us. They’re more attractive, they have a cooler life, they’re more talented, and they’re more popular. It’s all complete bullshit. Everyone is so focused on the fake ass virtual world; they’ve forgotten to focus on who they are in the real one.

Be yourself. Don’t like yourself? Actively work on yourself until you do. Live fearlessly. Love the things you love. Stop pretending to like things because they are popular. You’ll be so much happier being yourself alone than being someone else in a crowd. The world’s evil, almost nothing we do really matters, and we’re all gonna die in a cosmic blink. There’s no time to play or pretend. Be happy and be you NOW.

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

Turn the radio off. Listen to and be inspired by things you genuinely love, don’t pay attention to who’s successful. Don’t spend a dime on anything that isn’t pushing your dream forward. Bury yourself in your art. If you don’t, you won’t make it. Music is too fucking hard to coast.

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

As 8 Graves, we have 20 official releases now. We’ve been releasing singles recently, because in today’s music world, you really have to stay present. Making a 10-13 song album would probably take us at least a year, and we don’t want to go away for that long. As far as recognition or awards go, nothing? We’ve been fortunate enough to have some really awesome folks at Spotify include us in some really great playlists with other really talented artists. I think that’s the closest thing to recognition that we can really say we’ve gotten, and we’re really excited about it. The only recognition we strive for is to have people enjoy our music, and the Spotify folks have really helped accelerate that happening.

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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. 

As far as I know, we’ve yet to be on Television. A feature we did with our friend Modern Machines was premiered on SiriusXM BetaBPM thanks to Liquid Todd. And as far as blogs go, there’s gotta be at least 100 different ones. While I won’t name them all here, because that would be silly, I’ll definitely say this: we keep a list of who has supported us while we were one of the little guys. We also keep a list of everyone from SubmitHub who has taken the liberty of being super rude and insulting to us. I’m petty as fuck. If we ever blow up, we will remember who was there for us, and there will be free interviews and features and everything we can offer you guys to help you succeed, just as you guys have offered us. We know who our friends are. We won’t forget.

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

Nick and I definitely contrast in how we write. I write mostly in my head. I essentially sing all day, every day, and when I have a moment where something I feel turns into words, I scribble that down and keep it in my back pocket until more feelings surrounding that line come to me. Nick is the type that thinks of something in his head, and then locks himself in the studio for 8 hours making it real. We both argue with each other about who is more talented in that regard, but without a doubt, I can say it’s Nick.

As far as our recording goes, I normally drink whiskey and eat snacks while Nick locks in and acts as the filter. I sing how I want it to go, and Nick basically lets it happen unless he thinks something sounds weird. If something’s awry, he’ll handle it, and not with kid gloves. Our sessions can get downright contentious, because I get frustrated and Nick demands the best of me. But once we’re all done, we laugh and have a blast listening to what we’ve created, especially because by the time we’re done, I’m probably drunk.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Biggest makes it hard. I definitely can’t speak for Nick, but as far as I go, Prince, Deftones, Phantogram, Kendrick Lamar and The Prodigy. Hard to say who’s biggest at the moment, but I think that’s a good representation of where my tastes lie. I think Nick would have lobbied for Daft Punk and The Prodigy, but hard to say what his other three would be.

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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 hard to collaborate with because I’m so damned personal with my writing. So far we’ve worked with our friend Dimitry for his product Modern Machines, and our buddy Mooij, adding vocals to their stellar EDM tracks. We have a lot of collaborations in the works right now, but nothing done yet.

If I could work with anyone right now, I’d really like to do something with Halsey. I’ve known her since she was 17, and I think our sounds would really complement each other. Also, SHAED is a group I’m really into. I think their singer’s voice is outlandishly beautiful and I’d love to sing with her. I’d also be super amped to sing hooks for a rapper, like Kendrick or J Cole – that’s wishlist shit though. We definitely have some work to do before we are in the conversation there.

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

Facebook

www.facebook.com/8graves/

Instagram: @8GravesNYC

Twitter: @8GravesNYC

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

Stream our stuff on Spotify here

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1YznSk5tLLp9BnzuNgghrZ

Buy our stuff on iTunes here

http://apple.co/1PZQbg9

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

The saddest I’ve ever been was probably the day my last band broke up. Seems pretty silly now, but I was a mess for a good couple months after that. It’s got to either be that or when I lost my dog a few years ago to cancer. At least, that’s the saddest day I’d be willing to talk about.

The happiest I’ve ever been is actually harder to answer. I’m not that happy of a kid. When I try to think about the last time I was really happy, I don’t even have anything that really sticks out. I guess that says a lot about me.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had 1,000,000 dollars to spend, I’d run for President of the United States. I’m very into politics, and the rampant corruption, racism, and corporate greed that’s destroying our country and our people is soul crushing to me. I’d love to have the opportunity to express my views, try to unite people, and, more importantly than anything, do what I could to help so many people who are so scared, poor, and desperate in what was supposed to be the greatest country in the world. In my head, I actually think I could win.

Kady Z

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

My real name is actually Breetnay Spirz, but I had to change it to Kady Z, for obvious reasons…and I was born on New Year’s Day, in the US. I don’t recall too much of my childhood, probably cuz I never got one. 😂 Too soon?

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

I grew up performing and singing all the old hits with my mom, but listening to pop music, being especially obsessed with Robyns last album, and some Gwen Stefani. So me and my producer and songwriting partner ventured into pop waters with my first EP release “One Million Pieces”. My first single “Beautiful Disaster” actually charted at #52 on the billboard hot 100 singles list. Then life happens, I parted ways with my former management and realized this wasn’t really what I wanted to sing/say/etc. So Tone and I embarked on a journey thru darker, earthier, deeper, juicier vocals, lyrics and melodies. I also have a real talent for spelling. If you can’t spell, lose my number.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 4. 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 like to think of this music as genre neutral. It’s got elements of pop, americana, blues, country. “Scarecrow” is the first song off the EP titled “Daddy Issues”. It’s a concept EP each song stands for 1 of the 5 stages of grief.  It was written to serve a greater purpose of resolving something without a resolution. To anyone who has loved and lost, it is very relatable. For me personally, my father literally chose to move on and abandon his family as he approaches 95 years old. The music video was shot and directed by Keller Moore. He is amazing and has such a fresh eye for things. It’s pretty dark, but has a sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then what’s the point!

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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.

ToneDef produced and wrote all of the songs, he is a craftsman, he knows his shit. We recorded the song at Petti Sound Studios in Nashville with some of the greatest musicians in the world.  The music video was shot and directed by Keller Moore. He is amazing and has such a fresh eye for things. It’s pretty dark, but has a sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then what’s the point! We jumped in a car and drove 20 miles outside of Nashville and crashed someone’s corn field. It was amazing. I was wearing these Topshop booties, and almost died a few times while using the Scarecrow to kill the cornstalks.

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

I have been singing and performing since before I was born, I wasn’t given any other talent, except of course my fierce wit. The business is quite a roller coaster, as Dickens once wrote, the best of times, the worst of times, but if I can reach people with my songs and give them something to hold on to, thru tough times, then I am happy!

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

Life, matters of the heart, anything that stirs you to your core. And also, Celine Dion.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If I told you, I’d have to kill you. 😉

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

In the hardest times, I can put on a song, or an album, and feel safe from the world for a bit. If my fans can look to my music for that temporary relief or escape, I will be the happiest girl in the world.

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

Be 100 percent sure you are willing to give this 100 percent and 100 years of your life. It’s not for the faint of heart and to succeed you can’t just think about it, you have to go out and make it happen.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 12. List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well.

Haven’t you googled me? 😉 I don’t want to sound full of myself but in terms of radio stations, the one single ‘Beautiful Disaster’ charted at #53 and it literally was played on top 40 radio all over the country. Also, I was the fresh face of the Grammy Foundation in 2013 and I have been on so many blogs since 2011 that I wouldn’t even know where to begin but CMT, American Songwriter, Digital Journal, USA Today, Pop Crush, Clevver to name a few!

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

The writing process has definitely evolved for me, from a strict, show up at the studio and let’s flesh it out, to texting the ideas back and forth. It’s funny to say, but both ways work!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Robyn, Miranda Lambert, Ed Sheeran, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Hartman.

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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.

Does it count if I dreamt it? 🙂 Miranda Lambert, Ed Sheeran, Tony Bennett, John Mayer.

Are definitely artists I would love to work with!

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

www.Hellakady.com

TW https://twitter.com/kadyz

FB https://www.facebook.com/ka dyzmusic

YT https://www.youtube.com/cha nnel/UCIfoWKgG4DzDvf1FzA6QPxw

INSTA https://www.instagram.co m/kadyzmusic/

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/ar tist/kady-z/507232854

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of the happiest days…My dog was paralyzed for 4 months, he couldn’t move due to 2 herniated discs. I was taking him to physical therapy, doing passive range of movement exercises with him everyday, and a month ago, he got up and started walking, and has been ever since. Like nothing ever happened! One of the saddest days I can remember, was the day my father allowed his new wife to start controlling him. She has literally cut him off from all of the people closest to him, and, to say it gently, if you look up the words “ruthless gold digger” in the dictionary, or anywhere, in any language, her picture will come up.

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Tell us how you would spend a million dollars. 

I would put a lot into protecting endangered species and buying amazing wine.

Zerah

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

I am Zerah and was born in Mexico on February, 2001. I had a great childhood, my family and I have always been super close and my parents have always supported me with my music career. I have loved music since I was too young to remember.

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

I started taking vocal lessons when I was 7 years old. I studied classical and musical theater singing style. I was enrolled in a musical theater school where I participated in shows such as Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Annie, etc. I also have had dance lessons of many different styles like tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and Irish dance. I started learning how to play piano 2 years ago. I started writing my own songs when I was 12. I went to the IPop conversion in LA where I received 12 callbacks and that’s where I met my amazing producers from Indasoul Entertainment and recorded two songs and my music video. My first single “Higher” was released a month ago.

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

I like to describe my genre of music as pop with a little bit of Latina spice. For the song “Higher” I wanted the song to inspire people. It is an upbeat and uplifting song that talks about enjoying life, taking risks and going after what you want. The music video concept was to show how contagious music is and how it can really change someone’s day for the better. We wanted to show how my song helped people who were having a bad day.

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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 the type of artist that loves when a song makes you feel something. I am in love with music and with what music can do. I think that music is one of the few things in this world that can bring millions of people together and that is the way I put everything that I have into my work.

There was a time when my parents told me that I wouldn’t be able to be a singer because of the risks of doing it in Mexico. In Mexico, the only way to become successful in the entertainment business is if you pay up the powerful people who control the business. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, you won’t get anywhere if you don’t sacrifice things like your integrity. This is why my parents decided to move to Vancouver, where I could have so many more opportunities to be who I want to be and I could do it in a clean and deserving way.

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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 amazing producers are Marc Williams and Christopher Ray from Indasoul Entertainment. They really supported me throughout this whole process and understood my vision and my goals. They wrote the song “Higher” based on what I wanted the audience to feel and get when they listened to my song. It was recorded in LA in July. The music video was also directed by Marc Williams and was shot in Malibu, Venice Beach and Hollywood Blvd. Shooting the video was super fun and the dancers and actors who were in it were incredible.

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

Even though I have loved music my whole life and I have always known that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life since I was 3 years old, my official time in the industry started at the start of 2017 when I started working on this project. So far it has been amazing and I have gotten a good response to my song. I did an interview for a radio station and it got 10,000 views in 3 days. That was a big accomplishment for me. My music video already has around 15,000 views in total. (Facebook +Youtube). My goal is to become a successful recording artist and to be able to travel all around the globe with my music.

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

I believe that you can find inspiration anywhere. Everything that I feel I write about. I compose my own music because I think that that is the only way to accurately share what your feelings and what the song truly means.

I don’t really need inspiration to sing, I feel that is just part of who I am. I sing everywhere and all the time, sometimes without realizing it. I just love how it feels to express myself in a way that I am not talking, because I tend to be very bad at talking about my feelings, but when I sing everything comes out so easily and so clearly it makes it easier for me to express myself.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I think that the secret behind making a great song is a lot of work and a lot of heart. You have to know what you want to express and what you want someone that hears it to feel. Also, just have fun with it, because believe it or not, that reflects on the final product.

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

First of all, a GIANT thank you for supporting me. I love you all so much and I can’t wait to share more music with you. I wouldn’t be where I am without all of you.

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

Never give up on your dream and don’t listen to the people who tell you that you can’t. Work 3 times as hard as anybody else would. Put your heart and soul into your art.

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

My song “Higher” has been doing really well in the first month, I haven’t gotten any negative feedback so far. There will be a second song coming out in the close future so be ready! I have put a lot of work into this project and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. Hopefully soon we could be looking at a whole 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.

“Euforia La Radio TV”

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

I write my lyrics based on what I’m feeling in the moment. Sometimes they’re about other people’s experiences and sometimes they’re about mine. Sometimes I can write and compose a whole song in half an hour and sometimes it can take two months to finish one. In the recording studio I try to make it a relaxed and fun environment. I work hard and try to put a lot of feeling so that it reflects in the final product.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Shakira, Luis Fonsi and Celine Dion.

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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. 

If I had the chance I would love to collaborate with Shawn Mendes or Luis Fonsi.

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

Facebook page: @Zerah.Official

Instagram: @Zerah.Official

Twitter: @Zerah.Official

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

https://open.spotify.com/album/6pJfZJl5N7vOpBJ70S18pX

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/higher-single/1294742417

https://soundcloud.com/user-622747570/higher-by-zerah

https://www.amazon.com/Higher-Zerah/dp/B076BWRFN3/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1511736300&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=higher+zerah

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest day was my first day in the recording studio in LA. It was the first time that I realized that my dream was finally coming true and I enjoyed every single second of it. I felt so grateful, excited and happy and filled with positive energy. I didn’t think I ever stopped smiling that day.

My saddest day was when my grandfather died about a year and a half ago; it was very painful.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars I would use it to help all my family to move Vancouver. My grandma, my aunts and uncles, my cousins (I have a VERY big family). I would bring them all to a safe place where they can live without being worried about safety.

Jordan Sleed

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

Jordan Sleed, USA, 5/28/1998. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. My parents both had great tastes in music, but I never got into it until I saw this thing called “ukulele”. I was 13, I had recently given up my dreams of making it to the NBA, and this 4-stringed instrument was my next endeavor. I started playing and immediately realized I would be doing it my whole life. Things like singing, guitar, and writing came shortly after I spent countless hours a day teaching myself to play the ukulele.

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

Currently, I play regular gigs around San Antonio at restaurants, bars, weddings, parties, etc. My first experience plugging in a guitar and singing was at my amazing church, Community Bible Church. I volunteer there regularly, and I’ve met so many great friends and musicians there. My musical knowledge continues to grow, but I really love diving into music theory. I was in band for two years before I started playing the ukulele. I realized I could use whichever principles I learned in band across the board in music. Luckily, I was paying attention often enough.

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

My musical voice has been inspired by so many great soulful musicians like James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Jake Shimabukuro, Jimi Hendrix, and more. I try to take these influences and create cleverly-crafted, pop-structured songs. Everything I write is inspired by my life, but I tend to be more introspective than relationship-focused.

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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 love music. Ever since I started playing it, I knew there was nothing else I could be doing. I face regular periods of discouragement, either brought by insecurity, or occasional difficulty finding gigs. None of that lets me turn my head from the goal. I know there’s nothing to my left or right.

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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 whole EP was recorded, mixed and engineered by a great friend of mine named Rick Alvarez. Rick is incredibly talented, and he gets my music. I had a great time working with him.

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

I have been a professional musician since I was 15. That’s when I had my first paying gig. Ever since I graduated high school, I’ve had a lot more time to run with it. My goal is to be a recording, touring, and writing artist.

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

Daily, I’m inspired by the possibility of music being created. I don’t think I’ll ever understand the gift that is songwriting. I’m also often inspired by great moments I hear in songs. The beauty of a great song is that it offers this strange form of time travel. If a song can create a moment and transport you to the feeling of when you first heard it, it’s a perfect song.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Even if I knew the secret to a hit song, I wouldn’t tell you.

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

You guys are incredible. I’m beyond grateful that there are people who listen to songs I’ve written and feel something. I’m beyond grateful there are people who want to hear more.

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

Don’t stop.

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

I currently have this one independently released EP out. It has been played on radio across the globe and received some humbling praise.

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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’d really love to thank Limehead Radio in the UK. They really believe in what I’m doing and I can tell. It’s very cool to see that.

Indie Rock Cafe has also been very supportive and helpful. AVA Live Radio has been very kind to me, as well. There are so many kind people willing to help music they see and believe in.

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

Pretty much every song I’ve written begins with the ukulele or guitar part. Occasionally, I’ll start with a lyrical idea or melody line. I try not to rush to the production, but sometimes I can’t help myself. When I finish a song, I demo it at home and try my best to play all the instrumentation I hear.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Jake Shimabukuro, John Mayer, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and Ed Sheeran.

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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 done much collaborative writing. Of course, I’d love to start!

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

 

Website

 

 

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

 

Spotify

 

iTunes

 

Website

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

As a songwriter and musician, my happiest and saddest days are often within the same 24 hours. I guess the saddest would be the occasional moment where I lose sight of why I do what I do. The happiest moments are when I’m playing music and I’ve allowed myself to be completely present.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars, I’d probably try to invest/save most of it.

I’d take some out and invest in a big recording/ marketing project.

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.