Grand Analog

 

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Alister Johnson. My childhood was great. I made a lot of tree forts with my brother and ran around outside and got lost in the woods pretty often.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
I’ve been working in a music studio for 15 years, on TV commercials/shows and producing for a multitude of artists. I go by Alister Johnson (since it’s my name); I don’t have formal musical training, but come from a very musical family.  My Mom plays violin and piano, my Dad plays bass, my younger brother plays piano (and has his Master’s degree in Classical piano performance and pedagogy) and my older brother plays guitar.  I have skills in making ‘dope beats’, ‘sick keyboard sounds’ and ‘hot rhythms’.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Hip-Hop / Electronic / Soul are my primary genres. The ‘concept’ behind ‘Mutations’ was to make a hot track, with a grimy head nodding beat. There wasn’t some kind of deep master plan or concept behind it. Getting Posdnous on the track took things to the next level.

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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.
You don’t need to know too much. I really enjoy the sounds of analog synthesizers and drum machines and all the ways they can be tweaked and brought to life. Communication is important in the music business, make sure you and your collaborators are on the same page with what you are trying to achieve so you can avoid problems down the road with ownership of songs. There are too many ups and downs to summarize here. Don’t expect a smooth ride.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
15 years, my experience has been very musical and challenging and super rewarding and super difficult and super easy. My future goal is to be working as a 70 year old composer / producer who has no thoughts of retirement.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
When I go and see a killer show I am always inspired to make music, sometimes I actually feel like leaving the show as soon as it’s done to get into studio and create. Other times I’m inspired by interactions with humans of all types. A chat with a cab driver or a stranger on the bus. I listen to a lot of records, old and new, and am constantly amazing and inspired by the types of creative risks musicians and producers took on their music, and hope to bring some of those decisions into what I am doing creatively.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Keep being awesome and supportive, we often have no idea if any one gives a shit about what we’re doing and need you guys to keep us motivated.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Be yourself, don’t be too derivative in your sound. Find your voice and be ready to let go of songs or ideas that are not working, move forward and hone your craft.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Haven’t received too many awards yet, but that isn’t the goal. If your goal is to get a Grammy that’s fine, but that is definitely not mine.

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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 of November 16th (the number may have grown by now)
WWUH in West Hartford, CT; WIDR in Kalamazoo, MI; KLPI in Ruston, LA; KPSU in Portland, OR; KURE in Ames, IA; WGMU in Fairfax, VA; WSND in Notre Dame, IN; WVYC in York, PA; WLAS in Newton, MA; and KGAR in Lemoore, CA.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Sade, J-Dilla and DJ Premier.

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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 collaborate with Sade if I had the chance to do so.

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

http://grandanalog.com

www.soundcloud.com/alisterjohnson

www.instagram.com/alisterjohnson

www.facebook.com/alisterjohnson

www.twitter.com/alister_johnson

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

Apple/iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/grand-analog/id206427463

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Analog/e/B001LI7B66/

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7IoDj69rjigYgUCMIp1701

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
They haven’t happened yet. Ask me again when I’m 75.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Very quickly.

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