Broadtube Music ChannelTransistor Girl

December 1, 2017by Kolade Olamide0


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

We are both sheepskin and bell-bottoms kids.

Chris Drew, despite being born in Switzerland, will always be a welsh boy, building castles out of haystacks with all the kids on Pandy Road. Forever homesick…

Christophe Bugnon born in Switzerland. Grew up in Geneva but his taste for rugged beauty, risk and adventure comes from the rugged mountains, where his dearest childhood memories were made.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
Funky jam sessions and squats were definitely a thing of social life in the 80’s in Geneva, where we first met. Though we both gravitated around each other on the same scene and even played together in several projects over the years, we didn’t kick it off proper until we founded Transistor Girl together around 2012-13.

The name Transistor Girl comes from the schizophrenia we all face in today’s super-connected yet lonely social-media-tech-world. Or… it just sounds cool.

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

We actually gave the video director carte blanche. We just gave Robin a sense of the overall feel of the song, maybe hinting at Fight Club for reference. Anyway he didn’t need much help cause he nailed the vibe with his very first pitch so it was easy to let him take charge of the shoot.

“Weak As I Am” is about good intentions stacked on fear of isolation and moral torment. Only when we become undone do we seek “absolution”.

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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. 
The instruments we play (and love) are mainly a means to an end: expressing what we cannot with words or music alone.

In our experience the business of music is akin to the rational mind in the sense that it is a faceless entity that can make or break you depending on how you use it. It can’t be ignored yet if it becomes the only motivation it is sure to corrupt your true nature.

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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 went through several stages before ending up with a version fit for recording. Initially we crafted a bare-bones version (guitar, bass and vocals) until we felt we had the essence of the song. Then we started the whole process over with drums to get a band version that developed the song’s potential. Finally we indulged in a little icing to make it yummier.

The process for the video was more straightforward. We shot the entire video in a day using a computer driven camera in order to get seamless overlapping sequences of the various stages that the main character goes through. Make-up artist Talia Cresta really helped move things along too. Thanks to her magical touch we were able to move quickly which helped us stay fresh and focused. The location was key as it needed to embody the gloom of the main character’s reality. A depressing community hall with old dank 70’s carpet was perfect.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
Long enough to know getting signed ain’t easy… Everything costs a fortune to do independently while income channels are shrinking like ice caps. Fortunately we caught a break this year signing with Sophie Records. It’s opened certain doors, which would be otherwise locked and brings credibility, if not money to the band. All we really need is for the project to be self-sustaining so we can carry on creating, performing and evolving freely.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
Personal experiences, a fairly large ego and unconventional aspirations; though to be honest, what started out as a naïve dream of fortune and glory, over time, has become a way of processing life really. Keeps us relatively sane innit.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
We’ll let you know when we catch that big fish.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Being conflicted is part of who we are. It’s natural. So just take pride in being who you are and keep on yin-yangin’ !

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Find yourself some good company for the ride cause there might be huge delays before you reach your destination; if you ever get there at all…

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
Is there an award for never giving up? Cause we might well be nominated for that one…

One thing in particular we find extremely rewarding by is when a fan tells us that one of our songs felt like it was written about or for them. It seems like a tiny thing but it really does make it all worthwhile. Communing with the audience provides a tremendous sense of purpose. Quite mystical in fact.

Thank you to all fans, by the way, for coming out to our shows and giving us your support!

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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. 
RTS

Couleur 3

SRF3

VIRUS

KANAL K

OPTION MUSIQUE

LA PREMIERE

RABE

LORA

RASA

OPEN BROADCAST

AND MANY MORE

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
“Weak As I Am” sprung from the two opening lush chords in the intro. It was going to be a bright C Major song (just to shake things up a bit) but unfortunately the first words uttered were “when I’m sober…”. All down hill from there… Instead it turned into a beautiful and enveloping landscape of loss and despair. Much more down our alley anyway really.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
John Barry, The Bar-Kays, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Ben E. King. Ask again tomorrow and you’ll probably get a different selection entirely.

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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. 
Two horn players we were thrilled to work with are Mauro Maur and Michael Flury.

 

Some amazing artists we feel could really broaden our horizons are Ennio Morricone, Patrick Watson, Bon Iver, Tom Waits. But there are so many more!

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

www.transistorgirl.com

https://www.facebook.com/transistorgirl

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMsmdkAZLBy942M9GiEW9w

https://transistorgirl.lnk.to/righteous_sinnerEM

 

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

https://transistorgirl.lnk.to/righteous_sinnerEM

www.transistorgirl.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
We reckon that both those days are yet to come: the happiest would probably be to get some form of meaningful recognition from our peers or a Grammy or maybe a #1 song in the charts. The saddest could be to have to give up music for wrong reasons such as health issues or no more money to finance the band.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

Resurrecting Otis Redding and John Lennon.

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