Parker Matthews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

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

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

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

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

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

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

 Facebook

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

Instagram

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

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/_ParkerMatthews

 

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

Stream/download music

smarturl.it/parkermatthewslost

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

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

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

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

 

Sonali

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

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

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girl Talk HQ

Celeb Mix

Wolf In A Suit

Neufutur

Lemonade Magazine

Teens Wanna Know

The Daily Shuffle

Vents Magazine

The Young Folk

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

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

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

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

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

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

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

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

www.ItsMeSonali.com

www.youtube.com/sonaliargade

www.instagram.com/ItsMeSonali

www.twitter.com/ItsMeSonali

www.facebook.com/ItsMeSonali

Snapchat: ItsMeSonali13

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

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

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

YouTube:

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

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/itsmesonali/forever

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

Amazon:

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

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

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

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

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

Julianne Q

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We do not.

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

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

Be your own Heroine.

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

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The song was recorded at our former bassist Jimmy Provan’s lake house up in rural Wisconsin. Jimmy recorded, produced, mixed and mastered our entire debut album. It was such a blast getting away for a weekend and was a really crucial bonding experience for us as a band.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve been in the business now for a little over two years. My goal is to be able to quit my day jobs and support myself solely through my music. I want to tour and grow as a musician and as a business person. I see myself playing whatever arena I want, no matter how big, and throwing an absolutely stunning and amazing rock concert.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
My song “Under the Knife” recently gained international attention in a French music blog. My song “Last Call” was also recently featured in the “Sounds of Chicago” playlist by Chicago Music Guide. We attained a monthly residency at the Elbo Room, which was covered by The Daily Herald (suburban Chicago newspaper).

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

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Aretha Franklin

Janis Joplin

Adele

P!nk

Melissa Etheridge

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

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

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

https://julianneqmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/julianneqmusic

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

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

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

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

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

https://julianneqmusic.com/merch/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

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

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

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

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

Johnny Frank

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

My name is John Franklin Dailey (hence Johnny Frank). I was born in Connecticut in the United States on July 9, 1991.

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

I play drums, guitar, bass guitar, and dabble with other instruments such as the singing saw and the uke. I also mix and master music. I was in the indie band Coax Rhino where we released the LP “Plum Gut.”  I have collaborated with Aaron Taos for as long as I’ve played music. I also have been collaborating long distance with various Seattle artists such as Danny Denial and Cignatta Pinatta from the Complex Dialect.

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

My music generally fits somewhere in the indie, alt rock, pop sphere. I record all of the instrumentation in my songs and then usually add synth and various sample flourishes to it as necessary. My songs definitely have a life of their own and evolve throughout the creative process.

The lyrics in “Jenny” touch on themes of rejection, reminiscence and acceptance as relating to unrequited love. I think the ups and downs and overall atmosphere of the song compliments these themes well which is why I think I naturally went this route.

The video is about a despondent man who reaches a breaking point in an unpassionate relationship. It’s implied that the groom is reluctant to give up his passions and independence for a life of normalcy and for someone he does not care for. It starts as a somber and serious story of unwilling sacrifice but quickly devolves into a tongue in cheek psychotic revenge plot. I like the idea of having a message in a music video but not taking it or yourself too seriously in the process. It’s a nice dichotomy.

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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 think it’s especially tough to manage having a real career outside of music while also pursuing music. Music is my “side hustle.” Many people choose to give up music for a formal career and vice versa but I try to do both and give each the proper amount of attention and energy.

 Another challenge is generating buzz. You can make the greatest song in the world but if you can’t generate any buzz, no one will hear or appreciate it. The industry is so saturated right now and very competitive so creating buzz is harder than ever.

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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 write, record, mix and master all of my music.

For my videos, I work with Michael Curry who is a true professional at what he does. He films, edits and colors the videos. There are many components that we work together on: conceptualizing, brainstorming, shot listing, being realistic which resources, scheduling, on site execution, etc. He makes it all feel easy.

The video was shot with a Red Epic. We shot listed the entire video and Mike took the lead on what shots take precedence and when to shoot them. We completed the video in about 20 hours. It was a long day, but you gain so much energy from being in the zone that I never feel tired afterwards.

The skeleton of the song “Jenny” was actually created back in 2013 with a friend of mine, Aaron Taos. I revisited some old stems and I had always had a vision for this song but we just never got to it. I just started working on it and I recorded most everything very quickly and naturally. The laser/machine samples and synths came later and the mix/master took me longer than I’d like to admit! I’m never fully satisfied with masters, it can ALWAYS be better right?

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

I have played music for 10+ years but have just started to take it seriously over the past year. I’d like to make a name for myself to a comfortable degree and from that I’d love to start to producing and collaborating with more artists. I have already started this process and want to continue growing my brand, creating my own music, and helping people create theirs. Music production should be high quality and affordable because that’s what artists deserve and I think I can provide that.

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

A song usually blossoms when I revisit a riff or a song idea that I’ve recorded in the past and sparks just start flying with ideas. The “Jenny”’s idea was from 4 years ago. That’s why I think it’s important to have a database of parts that you constantly add to and can revisit because sometimes you need to be in a certain place or emotional state to get inspired.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I think it’s important to balance your vision with what people like to hear. I think many artists go too far in one of the two directions: so experimental that it’s not digestible or so conservative that it has no soul. The answer lies somewhere in between.

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

Be genuine and honest with yourself, give effort in every aspect of your life, and don’t take yourself too seriously because we all just die.

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

Have a tangible goal. Be realistic with your expectations. Have a backup plan; don’t put all your eggs in the music basket.

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

My debut LP “Johnny Frank Lives” will be released in 2018

A collaborative LP with Cignatta Pinatta titled “Quannipaug” will also be released in 2018.

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

Consequence of Sound, Earmilk, Indie Music Nation, Born Music Online, KRXM radio, KCRW, Eternity Network, Santa Rosa Records, Another Whiskey Blog and Ola’s Kitchen.

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

If I have a general song idea, I’ll get a solid structure down. Then I will record drums first, overdub bass usually second, and then record guitar and vocals next. I add flourishes and mix as I go. The song eventually evolves into the final product.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Arctic Monkeys, Death Grips, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco and Sleigh Bells.

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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 still waiting for Drake to call me back.

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

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/johnnyfranklives

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnnyfrankl…

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnyfrank…

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyxFrank

Bandcamp: https://johnnyfrank.bandcamp.com

 

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

You can buy on iTunes or just stream it on Spotify! I rather you listen to the song than pay me for it!

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day is staying up all night writing a song. It gives me so much energy. My saddest day is when my room, car, studio and work desks are a mess all at the same time which happens all too often

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would invest it and grow my portfolio! Exciting right? Ok maybe I’d buy a Rolls Royce… THEN I’d invest.

 

Iris Gold

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

Iris Gold from London. I am 28 and grew up in Copenhagen.

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Tell us about your music career, musical background, experience and skills.
I just released “All I really know” and before that a couple of release (“Goldmine”, “Colour Trip”) and features (DJ Skt- 4am in london). I have supported artists like Taylor SWIFT and Blur.
This summer I toured and did The festivals out in Denmark where I have recently moved back to.
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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music and the song.
I will call my music hippy hop. It’s a mixture of psychedelic 70’s vibes and classic hip hop. I started out writing pop songs on loops taken from old 60-70’s and now Those loops are produced by some amazing producers that I work with to create a more smooth sound.
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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I have been in a few different set ups until now, where I can finally just be the artist I really wanna be. From all the situations I have been in I have always learned so much and I have had some amazing experiences through out.

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Tell us about how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
I recorded it at Gettics studio in Copenhagen. We had a few people came in and played live instruments, which was super fun for me.
The video was also shot in Copenhagen by Mark and Mikkel Stonefire. The whole concept is built upon The Rocky or Apollo creed’s concept. So a lot of me boxing and running.
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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 4 years as a writer. My future goals are to be able to make the music that I love and have it connected with people so they wanna come check me live. Live is my favorite and I would love to be able to travel the world playing my music.
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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
It could be so many things. From a book, movies, conversations on the bus and just experiences in my own Life.
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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Hah-aha I haven’t made one, so let me know if you get the low down from someone.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Whatever it is that makes you different is what makes you special.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Try not to burn any bridges because the music industry is actually super small.

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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.
BBC radio 1, BBC 1xtra, NTS, BBC Asian Network, Wonderland, Elle Magazine, Soundvenue and Gaffa Magazine, The Line of Best Fit and Afropunk.
I would like to send them a huge hug and massive “Thank you” for all the love and support so far.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I usually write lyrics on my phone and bring them in the studio and the producer makes a beat that I create melodies on.
I usually write with my uncles or Mr Anderson in the kitchen.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Anderson Paak
Childish Gambino
Outkast
Kendrick lamar
Prince

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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 love to do a song with Andre 3000.
I have a feature with DJ Skt titled “4am in London”

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

Instaram @irisgoldmusic


Twitter @irisgoldmusic


Facebook iris gold


www.soundcloud.com/irisgoldmusic

www.irisgoldmusic.com

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

smarturl.it/IrisGold

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest Day : When I supported Robbie Williams in front of 25000 in Abu Dhabi and that was pretty dope!


Saddest Day: When my grandma died.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I hope I would spend it wisely

RJ Pasin


Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 
My name is Richard (RJ) Pasin, I was born in New Jersey on April 10th, 1993. When I was younger I never had many friends so music was always an outlet for me.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
Growing up I was put through piano and guitar lessons for several years and eventually found myself playing in bands (mostly in a band ‘Murder She Wrote’). After the local scene in Rockland County started to dissipate, I started to focus on audio engineering and producing, and have been doing it primarily for the past 8 years. I have worked with a variety of artists and genres doing music production, including my latest collaboration on a track with Beatnick&K-Salaam “Fight Night (Black Mirror Mix)” featuring Talib Kweli and Blu. Shortly before the collaboration I released my debut EP “Attachment,” and I am constantly working on more music to release.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I generally refer to my music as “psychedelic trap” though I have been finding myself breaking out of that lately. This track “Truth/Liar” is more of a ‘pop’ hip-hop beat with ambient guitar and piano. The lyrics and melody were written by an old band mate/current songwriting partner James Knucks, who was inspired by a recent break-up with a girl that played around too much.

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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 do audio engineering work and music production work for hire, so if anyone needs their vision of a project brought into fruition I can help make that happen. Anything from the recording process to the actual writing of the song/ instrumental. Unfortunately, even though writing for people is my favorite kind of work it is the fewest and furthest between. I mostly engineer other people’s projects and mix projects for people. This work still isn’t as steady as I would like it to be, so to supplement income I also perform music for children.

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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 had written the instrumental with intention for rap vocals and one day I was showing James some instrumentals and came across this one. He told me he already had the perfect song to put to the track and we recorded it all in one night at my home studio.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I am 24 now, and I had started playing in bands when I was 14. I started making ‘techno’ beats when I was about 16 and eventually stopped playing in bands when I was 18. I then started focusing on making electronic music (mainly dubstep) for the next couple of years, and then started transitioning to ambient and trap- influenced music. I wish to keep developing my sound to something unique yet palatable by a large audience. I hope to eventually be able to make a living solely on my own songwriting/ composition as a solo artist, whether that income is from touring/merchandise or licensing.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I find composing to be the best outlet for any emotional experience I have. It is like an on demand therapist at any time that never fails. I often find that I look for inspiration when I don’t have it and I just don’t write as well no matter how hard I try, but when I feel the inspiration the music seems to write itself. I think the best inspiration that keeps me going is seeing the reaction of other people that listen to my music and the love and support I get from family and friends in regards to my music, it helps reinforce my belief that this is what I’m meant to do.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t think there’s any formula, I find that sometimes I’ll write something just when I’m in a good vibe and after writing it I’m thinking ‘damn I wrote this?’ and those tracks generally get the same response from other people, but also I’ve had times where I write something that I’m thinking ‘eh this is okay’ and other people will tell me how it’s their favorite and I don’t get it.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Everyone’s taste varies but I strongly believe the whole ‘sell out before you sell out’ idea is bullshit, I think making the music you really want to make from the get-go is very important for building a culture around your music regardless of how niche your audience is. You’ll be much happier with your life as an artist making what you really want to make and what resonates with you because it’ll resonate with people that really can hear what you’re trying to communicate through your music. It wont be the same if you’re compromising it for attention or how well it can sell. I believe this is a very core concept in what makes music timeless or transient in history.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Keep working no matter what. There will be down periods that will make it seem like things aren’t going to work in your favor and they may not for a while. But belief is POWER and if you believe in your art through thick and thin it will manifest and the things you need to learn or overcome for this to happen will reveal themselves in time.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
The main recognition I received is when I was asked to collaborate with Beatnick&K-Salaam, it was the biggest project I had gotten up to that point by a long shot and will likely be the biggest project I have for a while.

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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. 
Shouts to Vittek Tape to airing my track “Twin Flames” off of my “Attachment” EP, and shouts to XXL, 2Dope Boyz, Allhiphop Renaissance, Ambrosia for Heads, Mass Appeal and Boi-1da for premiering the “Fight Night” collaboration.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I produce all of my tracks in Ableton Live with a variety of plugins (occasionally recording live guitar) and then do all of my recording in Pro Tools.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Big Chocolate, Skrillex, Cashmere Cat, Whitechapel and Born of Osiris.

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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. 
Along with Beatnick&K-Salaam on that collaboration, Talib Kweli and Blu featured on it as well. I have worked with a variety of other artists as well, such as Fouled Out, Auxilia, AK40Devin, Curly, and others that I can’t currently think of. I would love to do a collaboration with Big Chocolate in the future.

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

https://soundcloud.com/rjpasin

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/rjpasinmusic

 

 

IG: rjpasin

Snapchat: rapmastarj

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/attachment-ep/1251195580

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
Happiest day: When I made the cut for the collaboration I mentioned before.

Saddest day: Detoxing from drugs half a year ago.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I would invest in publishing, probably some more gear/better studio space and then put a good amount into a total market index. Create college funds for future children. Put money into charity (primarily disaster relief if received currently) if I had any left.

JAi’Reezo

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

Jaimie Richards, born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Raised in Toronto up until the age of 9, then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, and later to St.Petersburg and Ruskin, FL. Growing up as a child Jai’s father was in and out of his life with his mother taking care of him. Jai always loved to be outside and explore the neighborhood(s). Although a trouble maker in elementary school, getting ‘timeout sheets’ almost every day, he managed to keep good grades and pass every year.

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

At the age of 13 Jai was influenced to rap by Demetrius Parker, a St.Petersburg highschool’s classmate, who was in a group of 4 other rappers that had a studio setup in one of the members’ house. One day he was brought to the house to freestyle and he freestyled on the instrumental, “Like a Pimp’’ by David Banner. He then built some confidence and began to write lyrics every other day. At the age of 16 Jabee (jay-bee) was the name he started with and the later changed it to Jai’Reezo (Jay-Reezo)at the age of 19. Along with the new name Jai thought of a movement that could go along with the lyricism he was putting out today.

BLIMPLIFE was the name he came up with. It all started with seeing a blimp in the sky and realizing what its purpose was. Jai was able to take the purpose of the blimp and refer it to life. When a blimp is high in the air, it has been used to its full ability and potential. When a blimp is not in use it is laying there flat with no purpose at all. In life, if you don’t put yourself to use you might not end up getting to where you want to. Put the two together and you have ”Blimp, Life.” Jai’s father was a longtime band member (drummer). As a child Jai would play the piano.

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

I would say that my genre is more hip-hop with a rap vibe. The message that I get across is more of a reality to life and how I feel things should and shouldn’t be. Even with my new single “Notime’’ being more upbeat, the message is still about having no time for negativity, excuses etc. the life experiences I’ve been through have led me to be more in touch with all types of people. Everyone in life wants to be better as an individual and would rather be aware than to be misled.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The song ‘West Wild’ came about some months ago. A producer and friend of mine Darryl ‘Finesse’ Aytin produced the beat and brought it to my attention. The immediate vibe that I got from hearing the beat was “western’’. I began to write my verses about life and why it’s precious. I originally wrote a chorus for it that I presented to ‘D.T’(cousin) at the time. Although new to writing and recording, D.T sent me back a whole new chorus which is now on the song you hear today.

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

I’ve been an artist since the age of 19, slowly perfecting my craft, vision and image. I hope to reach a wide variety of people and go international in the music scene. I’ve been wanting to open up a recording studio within the city or even surrounding areas where inner city youth can come together and be able to participate in arts and recreation. I’ve been to a few business planning seminars which have allowed me to come up with a plan for future endeavours.

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

My daily life has inspired me to write, things that I see and experience. The things that I want to see happen in the future. the message I want to send to people.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

The secret to making a hit song in my opinion is to make sure the song is from the heart and that it can reach a broader audience. It’s all about making that connection.

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

Currently I am working on my new project called  “Reezorektion’’. The name of the album came about from the actions of me recreating myself into the new artist I am today since I was 19. This would be my 1st album/mixtape out.

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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 music played on Power 105.1 and a few blogs. I have my current singles ‘’Notice’ and ‘Rouge Hill’ streaming on all major networks.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

A few of my favorite artists are Max B, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne just to name a few.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I haven’t collaborated with any mainstream or indie artists yet. A Few artists from the city I’ve worked with like Julius Wilson and Iman Quasemi (I.Q).

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

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNzNCFMg__8km4ykyWIHU9w

www.soundcloud.com/jaireezo/notime

www.instagram.com/jaireezobl

www.facebook.com/jaireezo

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

itunes.com/ca/album/notimesingle/1286902566

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

One of my happiest days was when my brother was born. My saddest days were when I was incarcerated throughout the year of 2015.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS, I would start a fundraiser, open a studio for inner city youth and invest my money into a studio and house of my own! I would help my family out and continue to make great music!!

Tina & Her Pony

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

Tina Collins, USA, July 27, 1982.  I grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH and enjoyed Choir the most at school.

Quetzal Jordan, Canada, June 27, 1989.  I grew up in Tampa, FL and finding the cello saved me.

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

The name Tina & Her Pony came about after an intentional stream of consciousness experience, where Quetzal listened to our music and ponies kept coming into her visual mind.  We used to be called Tina Collins & Quetzal Jordan, but that was kind of a mouthful and clearly not as fun to say as pony.  Everyone wants a pony, right!?  We have both played in many other bands.  We were both trained classically, Quetzal on cello, and Tina voice.

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

We call our genre of music “indie Appalachian folk”.

Champion

Quetzal Jordan:

This originally came out as a love song for Tina.  Quetzal wrote it not too long before our wedding, and a friend of ours, Amanda Platt, from the band The Honeycutters, learned the song and performed it at our wedding reception.  It was a surprise for Tina!  Since the election this song has sort of morphed into a song of support and solidarity for any person who is oppressed- people of color, the LGBTQI community and immigrants. PLEASE, let me be your champion.

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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. 

As indie folk artists, it’s a challenge when people don’t understand folk as a genre, and therefore don’t want to be in a listening room environment.  We don’t take it personally!

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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 mostly perform as a duo, but we love playing with a larger band whenever we can.  Our larger bands in Asheville, NC and Taos, NM include lap steel, upright bass, drums and a third vocalist.  Quetzal has produced both Tina & Her Pony albums.

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

We’ve both been in the industry for 12 years as performers.  Our goal is to make the world a more beautiful place by traveling and playing music for people.  It’s really about healing ourselves and others.

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

Inspiration comes out of an overwhelming feeling that needs to be expressed.  It also comes from the desire to feel the feeling itself of creative flow.  We are both highly influenced by the beauty of nature.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Sorry, it’s a secret. 😉

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

Thank you so much for listening!

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

Do it generously and for the people.  There is no end, no arrival.  And obviously you have to love it- the whole thing is a labor of love.

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

Albums:

Tina Collins, “Journey Onward” 2009

Tina & Her Pony, self-titled 2012

Tina & Her Pony, “Walkin’ in My Sleep” EP 2012

Tina & Her Pony, “Champion” 2017

Awards:

Music Video for “Far Away”- official selection for the Pink Sheep Music Festival

Two time finalist for the Eddie’s Attic Songwriting Competition, Atlanta, GA, USA.

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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.

There are way too many to list, but here are a couple links to the latest reviews for our new album, “Champion”

Folk Radio UK- Premiere for our song “Good Man”, published on 10/26/2017:

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/10/premiere-tina-her-pony-good-man/

Adobe & Teardrops- Review for our Album “Champion”, published on 11/22/2017:

 http://www.adobeandteardrops.com/2017/11/tina-her-pony-champion.html

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

Tina:

I personally usually start writing poetic lyrics in my journal, and end up turning them into songs once I’m around my guitar and feel inspired musically.

Quetzal:

I just focus on what is beautiful and what is appealing, and I take as long as I need to work on the song to make it perfect.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Gillian Welch, Sarah Jarosz, Jenny Lewis, Radiohead and Elvis.

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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. 

Leah Song and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia collaborated with us on “The Wind”, the last track on our new album, “Champion”.  We were also lucky to have Matt Smith, the pedal steel player from the band The Honeycutters played on the new record as well.  We’d be happy to collaborate with any of the 5 artists we listed above, though I guess Elvis is out.

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

Website

http://tinaandherpony.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/tinaandherponymusic/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/tinaandherpony

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/tinaandherpony/

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/tinaandherpony 

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

Bandcamp

https://tinaandherpony.bandcamp.com/merch 

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/champion/1305911526

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Tina-Her-Pony/dp/B0773V8HGD

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

First, we’d probably buy some organic groceries and then buy some land.