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

Ingmar Kiemeneij is my full name, The Netherlands, 03-05-87. Born on a house boat in the canals of Amsterdam, raised in an artistic musical family. Music was always played. Radio or live.

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

I started taking music more serious in 2009/2010. I released my first EP with Full Crate and Mar in 2010, after that lot of singles and couple EP’s solo and duo projects with Full Crate. I toured couple of cities in the USA in 2011 and released my first solo EP “Seeing Her Naked” in 2012,

I was signed to Universal, Island in UK in 2014 and released my 2nd EP “Form” in 2014, 3rd EP “When We Meet” in 2015 and now just released my new EP “Things Will Be”. My band name is Mar, taken from Ingmar. I thought short artists’ names were nice at the time.

My father was a musician; he played guitar, flute and bass, and had many musicians. I started drumming when I was young, playing with my father and sis (vocals), I played drums in my father’s band when I was young and also played in cafes.

He taught me how to play guitar and bass, and singing. I kind of figured out listening to my sis and father and harmonizing with them at home. Listening a lot to D’angelo, Erykah Badu, Glenn Lewis, Musiq Soulchild etc.

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

I believe I would fall under the category of alternative, electronic and r&b. Trying to push away from the cliche of pop rnb but still have that soulful sound.  The music I make is more atmospheric, cinematic too.

The concept of the EP is about rebirth, loss, searching and godlike creatures. Trying to find a better place for my state of mind.

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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 like to play instruments. I used to learn them while playing. I’m not musically schooled. I never went to any conservatory to learn music.

I don’t think there’s been any downside. Downside would mean not growing. I think I’ve walked different paths and tried different genres to find the current sound.

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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 last EP “Things Will Be” was co- produced by Aston Rudi. My crew consists of art directors, directors and musicians. I wrote, produced and played most of the instruments.

The first video from the project was self-directed and produced. The video is called ‘Place’.

The last video that I released titled  ‘Spaceship’ was directed by Robbert Doelwijt Jr. “Spaceship” was recorded in 3 pieces. I created the intro with art director and musician Tobi Balogun. I brought it to Aston Rudi and created the end. The middle part remained a question mark for a while until we figured out a way to combine the different themes.

The video for “Spaceship” was shot in a big white camera studio. We hang up and put down lots of plastic and metallic papers to create abstract scenery.

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

I’ve been releasing music since 2010 and I have done lots of live shows, writing, recording etc. But I feel I’ve finally found something worth pursuing further with this new project ‘Things Will Be’.

My future goal is to make my debut album with the mindset (hardworking, focused, positive and more clarity) I currently posses.

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

My life inspires me to write things I see and hear. Frustration, pain and love.

My love for finding something new I like. A new sound made from the boiling kettle combined with a harmonic from the bass.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Either making something very simple everybody understands or to be as honest as you can be. But to be honest I don’t think there is a secret. If someone would know we would all know the trick. So many people try to make what the radio is playing but never get played.

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

Don’t be afraid.

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

Learn skills from other artists and musicians. Make music like there’s nothing else on earth. When you notice you are insecure face it. Push yourself towards that fear and make sure you come out stronger.

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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.

BBC1xtra Jamz Supernova, 3Fm Angelique Houtveen, Notion Mag, Clash Mag, The 405 🙂

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

I often start with just a sound. Couple chords follow. Then hum some lyrics and the rest follows from that. But sometimes it can be lyrics and melody first. Then drums or rain fall.

Not really one specific way to approach a writing session. I write continuously in my head. I write down ideas for songs and videos on my phone to pick them up for a later moment.

I like to sing and write in the dark.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Massive Attack, Bjork, Prince, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana.

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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.

Blonde, Full Crate, Eric Roberson, Szjerdene, Aston Rudi, Snakehips, Jarreau Vandal.

I’d like to work with Bjork, James Blake, Blood Orange to name a few.

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

http://bit.ly/MarSpotifyFollow

http://facebook.com/marmusic

http://instagram.com/marmusic

http://twitter.com/marmusic

http://soundcloud.com/marmusic

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

http://hyperurl.co/sg111g

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happy: make love, make music, eat well, learn well, work out, smoke some weed in a natural place and make music again.

Sad: stay inside feeling anxious about what to do all day.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Build the sickest studio/live spot/work spot and never work on or for stupid things ever again.

Propag@nda.

https://soundcloud.com/sicklervillains/everyvillainislemons-feat-propagnda

Tell us about yourself.

We are Propag@nda. We are three, but we are one. We are Quasi, we are Ellaych, and we are Lvusm. We are the animated evil.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

Quasi writes the rhymes. He is the Sicklervillain. Ellaych and Lvusm make the beats. They are the animators. They make the world, Quasi inhabits it.

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Tell us the reason you decided to go into music.

Because we’ve seen this world and it’s… meant for us to fail. Why do we break our backs so that others can get rich – so we can just get by? Why do children die in senseless wars, while those waging war look from behind glass? Why does our president have twitter fingers? Because we just let this shit happen! Everyone still clocks in; children still die, and trump @ Kim Jong-un on the daily. And everyone keeps their headphones in. so we decided that’s how we’ll reach the masses; spread the villain’s code.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

Every.Villain.Is.Lemons. is the name of a group of villains from spongebob. E.V.I.L. was a group of bad motherfuckers who wanted to change the status quo; change what you see them as. And it’s deep, man. Lemons are bitter, and they’re acidic, but they make lemonade, they freshen up shitty areas. That’s what villains do. We name villains – Lex Luther, Brainiac, Palpatine… because these bad motherfuckers were lemons, who did what they wanted to see change. They said ‘fuck the people tryna hold me back’, so we saying that too. Propag@nda is the new E.V.I.L.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

The song was recorded in one take.

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Tell us the artists you will like to collaborate with in the future.

The only entity evil enough to stand with Propag@nda. MF DOOM.

Knxwledge can come too, if he brings Earl.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

We are still young, and have been focusing more on refining our sound than promotion. This is our first promotion, along with another radio station, but this is the first time we’ve reached out with a song. Batting 1 for 1.

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Tell us the kind of work you like to do apart from music.

We’re all villains. We do villain stuff.

And over watch.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

Instagram: Instagram.com/detunedcartoon

Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/user/detunedcartoon

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Tell us more about your music career and experience so far.

We are still working on our first creation. It is nearing completion. It will be a glimpse into the world of the animation. Our experience in creating this song, and our entire collection, has been one of growth. With each song, each of us improves and betters the others. It’s the Villain’s Way.

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Tell us your definition of a hit song.

One that can make the people to take a look at the world around them.

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Tell us your happiest moment in your music career.

Music is our duty. Joy is rarely the environment we work in. we are villains. We find joy in change.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

As animation has changed form and grown, so too have we. Our album is mainly lo-fi hip-hop, but contains some songs closer to E.V.I.L.  We have been experimenting with different genres however.

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Tell us the names of music producers you will prefer for music production and state your reasons.

The dream, J Dilla, MF DOOM, Kanye, Knxwledge, Madlib, Pete Rock, Nujabes.

They are geniuses among men

RIP DILLA

RIP Nujabes

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Tell us your view on signing to a major label and “Doing It Yourself”.

Corporations are the only evil that’s more evil than us. We shun major labels.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

There are none. We are spreading our message. What could be better?

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Give a piece of advice to your fans.

The next time someone disrespects you, and you know it is something you will be thinking about when you leave, speak up. Confront them. Don’t let them win by infecting your mind. Take back your life, one moment at a time.

Tosa Brooks

Tell us about yourself.

I am a West Point Graduate turned hip-hop artist.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I tend to imbue meaning into my songs. I tend to fit the label of “conscious hip-hop” better than traditional rap.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

Hip-hop/rap.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

This track means a lot to me personally. I am a graduate of West Point and I made this song for the Corps of Cadets. I played football for the Army for a bit and I have multiple friends on the team. I wrote this track for them. I want them to be bumping it in the locker room before they run out. It’s 100% to get them hyped.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

People just don’t want to put in the work. It’s ok, but no one keeps up with me and my manager. We’re just on another level and he constantly reminds me that we’re doing something that’s never been done before and we should not expect people to understand it yet.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

This song was extremely easy to put together. The video was another story. We brought in the crew from LA, Tampa, Minneapolis, and West Point and all got together in New York to shoot the vid. It was an amazing weekend and we did our first legit live show two days before shooting the video. The witch scenes were shot in LA and that is me in the costume and with full face prosthetics.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Bro Bible, USA Today, CNN, Aipate.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

My music career is just starting. I’ve only been pursuing music with my full attention for 10 months and I’ve already made incredible progress. My goal is to be the greatest rapper in the world. I won’t stop until I achieve all-time legacy.

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

Communicating whatever emotions are flowing out of me at that particular moment in time.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Get Nova to hop on the feature.

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

Find a manager that believes that it will happen even more than you do.

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

My biggest accomplishment thus far has been surrounding myself with a team that truly believes Tosa Brooks is a brand that will change the world.

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

I put on the instrumental and let the first line just come to me. Then I try to ride that stream of consciousness to write the rest of the song. Then when I record, I try to get into character and feel those same emotions as when I wrote it (almost like method acting).

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Immortal Technique, Sylvan LaCue, Mick Jenkins, Travis Scott, 2Pac.

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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.

Have collaborated with: Nova, Mick Jenkins, theMIND, Skippa Da Flippa, Michael Christmas, Swag Hollywood, Mic Kellogg, Trapo, Elia Esparza, Twelve’len, Carti Bankx, ChinoXL, Von Alexander.

Would love to collaborate with anyone willing to put in the work to create amazing music. My features are always free.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/ tosabrooks/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ tosabrooks/

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/ tosabrooks

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/ channel/ UCV7KrFaLSHRAlxrbXUj7W5w

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was actually a weekend. It was when I flew to New York about a month ago and met up with two of my closest artists (Nova and Poetry) and my manager. We spent the whole weekend performing at West Point, filming 2 music videos, and just roaming wild in the city. My saddest day was actually the last 6 months of my Army service, when I was dealing with depression at a clinical level. I felt alone from my friends/family and physically/emotionally unhealthy.

Quid & TomBombGrenade

 

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Quid, I grew up in Villa Park, Illinois, and I caught an interest in Hip-Hop music and the culture surrounding it at a very young age.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

I started rapping when I was 13 years old. At that time, my only goal was to impress my friends, but as I continued to pursue it, I found a genuine love for creating and a want to share my story with anyone willing to listen.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m making genuine Hip-Hop. I feel extremely lucky to have friends who not only share my passion, but also help me in creating a sound I feel contributes to the culture which inspired me.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

“Last In Line” is a song I wrote that outlines specific moments in time which I feel contributed to shaping me into exactly who I am today. The number 3 is an integral motif in the song (as it is in my life): I was the third, and last, child born in my family; my first rap group consisted of 3 members; this album, “Doomed Divide”, is the third album Tom and I have completed as a group. Overall, “Last In Line” is a personal song, but I feel the chorus is catchy enough to grab some attention spans, and once fully taken in, I think the content can be quite relatable for some.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

The biggest challenge for me has always been finding an audience. Many of my songs have a lot of truth in them, but I never try to sound like anyone else. It seems every new person I try to show my music always try to ask me who I think I sound like, or who I’m trying to sound like, when I’ve only ever been interested in telling my story. I don’t cater to what’s current, and have always stuck to just making songs that I would be interested in hearing.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

The beat for “Last In Line” was produced by TomBombGrenade who is my main collaborator. We’ve been making music together for over a decade now, and while we’ve each released some solo projects of our own, we have also managed to create and release three full-length albums as a group. The recording and mixing of “Last In Line” was done at a small studio in Warrenville, Illinois called Alley Cat Recording. The engineer there, Dave Nelson, has a great ear for sound and is a very gifted musician himself. He’s become a good friend of mine over the years.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Recently, I was able to get the limited CD version of “Doomed Divide” available for sale at UndergroundHipHop.com. And, in past years, my music has been played on some local college radio stations including WRSE, 88.7 FM, Elmhurst College Radio. Self-promotion has never been my strong suit, but I do hope to get more people listening soon.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

I completed my first ‘album’ in 2002 which consisted of only six songs and lasted about fourteen minutes in duration. Back then, I was part of a group called Civill Artists which was me rapping and my friend Mute behind all the beats. Mute also produced about half the beats on my first solo album, “Slanted Sidewalks” (self-released in 2004), as well as a few beats on my second solo album, “Plagues” (self-released in 2009). TomBombGrenade also had a couple beats on those albums, but it wasn’t until 2013 that Tom and I put out our first completely collaborative group effort, “As Luck Would Have It”. That album, however, was released under the alternate moniker of Quid + A.M.F.M (instead of Quid & TomBombGrenade, which is what we currently go by). In 2015, Tom and I released our second album together, “Scatterbrainstorm”, and on October 13, 2017 we released our third group effort, “Doomed Divide”. As far as future goals go, I’d really just like our songs to reach a broader audience and possibly even inspire some people in the process.

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

When I first started rapping, I was mainly inspired by the thought of feedback; be it from friends or complete strangers; I just wanted to make stuff that would get people talking. I’m also very interested in the ability to tell a cohesive story that makes complete sense, but never stops rhyming. Multi-syllabic rhyme schemes and internal rhyme schemes are something I’ve always found fascinating in rap music, and I put a lot of focus and attention into that aspect while writing my songs. Hearing people who can do that, and do it well, is definitely an inspiration for me.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Hahaha, but then it wouldn’t be a secret, right? I honestly haven’t got a clue what makes certain songs catch on more than others. The only rule or code I’ve ever followed when writing my songs is staying true to my original idea, no matter what that idea is. Often, I tend to write a lot of personal stuff which makes ‘staying true’ a relatively easy task, but even when I write songs that are just stories–not based on personal events–I always try to stay true to the intended message and see it through.

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

To any upcoming artist, I would say just make sure that this is something you’re truly passionate about. Over the years, I’ve seen so many artists give up; and these were people who I thought were tremendously talented. It’s understandable that life happens, and things get in the way, but I still haven’t lost my passion. Obviously, I’ve never had a hit record, but that’s also never been what drives me to make music. Do I want people to like what I make? Absolutely. However, that being said, I’m also realistic in that I know not everyone will. When it’s all said and done, if I can listen back to a song of mine and know I couldn’t have done it better or differently, then I’m satisfied. I can’t control what anyone else thinks about my songs, but as long as I’m still passionate, and the ideas are still coming, I’ll continue to make songs.

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

Well, as I’ve previously stated, I’ve been making and self-releasing music since the early 2000’s. I’ve never been on tour since I’ve always had a job and had to go to work, but I’ve played plenty of live shows locally throughout the years, and I enjoy that experience very much. My discography is as follows:

2002: Civill Artists – “The Basement”

A one-track, six song, fourteen minute mix. All beats produced by Mute.

2004: Quid of Civill Artists – “Slanted Sidewalks”

My first official solo album. Featuring beats produced by Mute of Civill Artists, Jack Rylands, TomBombGrenade, Omens (formerly of Intellectual Dialect), and Timmins.

2009: Quid of Civill Artists – “Plagues”

My second solo album. Featuring beats from a variety of producers, including Mute of Civill Artists, Jack Rylands, TomBombGrenade, Omens (formerly of Intellectual Dialect), Gramps (formerly of Diagram Of Truth), Nithias, Mo’ Real, and Void Pedal.

2013 Quid + A.M.F.M – “As Luck Would Have It”

My third album/first collaborative effort with TomBombGrenade–under the alternate moniker A.M.F.M–behind all the beats.

2015 Quid & TomBombGrenade – “Scatterbrainstorm”

My fourth album/second group effort with TomBombGrenade as the sole producer.

2017 Quid & TomBombGrenade – “Doomed Divide”

My fifth album/third album from Quid & TomBombGrenade.

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

Almost all of my lyrics these days are written to the beats directly. Tom (BombGrenade) will make a beat and I’ll wait to see what kind of emotions or thoughts it will inspire in me, and take it from there. Oddly enough, a lot of the songs I wrote when I was first starting out were written without beats; it was only after the songs were written that I would look for the right music to fit them. I used to work with a variety of producers back then, so one of them was always bound to have something I could work with. When it comes to the recording process, I am extremely meticulous. Some of the stuff I make is done very quickly, but a lot of it can be quite time consuming. I’ve taken hours to get certain songs to sound ‘right,’ or the way I intended.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I still like a lot of the stuff I grew up with, but in terms of modern rap–maybe the last ten years or so–I enjoy listening to Earl Sweatshirt; I think Big K.R.I.T. raps really well; R.A. the Rugged Man continues to impress; EARTHGANG is making quality stuff; and the group A7PHA (Doseone & Mestizo) is extremely underrated.

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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 always open for collaborations, but I only do so if I’m fully on-board with the song. The featured artists on my albums are all personal friends of mine, and I’ve never put someone on a record just for their name, or in the hopes of gaining more attention. Throughout the years, I’ve befriended some very talented people who I still feel lucky to have in my life. Frequent collaborators of mine include: Jack Rylands, A Distant Relic, Dave Nelson, Doc Phibes of Thoth Set, and most recently an exceptionally innovative rapper out of Pennsylvania named Mister Yo.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

All of my early work (including my first two solo albums “Slanted Sidewalks” & “Plagues”) is available for free download on my bandcamp page:

https://quidick.bandcamp.com/music

Physical copies of the Quid & TomBombGrenade albums can also be purchased at that same bandcamp link, as well as at UndergroundHipHop.com & CDBaby.com:

https://shopify.undergroundhiphop.com/products/quid-and-tombombgrenade-doomed-divide-cd

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/QuidTomBombGrenade

The easiest way to stay up to date with any news, songs, or releases regarding Quid & TomBombGrenade, is by following me on Soundcloud & Twitter:

https://soundcloud.com/quid-of-civill-artists

https://twitter.com/QuidRaps

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Well, like any other human being, I think I’ve had my fair share of experience with both of those emotions. I’m not sure I can pinpoint a specific day that was either my happiest or my saddest, but I will say I feel happiest when I get to be creative. Writing lyrics has always been a great outlet for me, and I enjoy drawing as well. I’d honestly rather not dwell on the things that make me sad.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars, I hope I would try to invest it and make it last as long as possible… I really don’t want to go to work anymore, ha-ha.

Wild Child

Tell us how you come about the song. 

Kelsey and I flew up to Oregon to get away and work on some new tunes for the record. We hunkered down for a couple days and went on a writing craze. This was probably the best song that came out of it. We took it back to Texas and moved into Kelsey’s childhood house in Wimberly for a couple days and built a little home studio with Matthew Vasquez, our friend producer and confidant. Then we went to the liquor store spent the next couple days getting weird together. It was loud.

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.

I’m a pretty simple guy. I live with a few roommates in Austin, I like to cook, and I have a cat, horror movie buff, like having cocktails with friends. My life is so interwoven with music that it’s kind of difficult to separate. It’s what we do, it’s what we love.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

I’m an interesting case. I don’t know too many songs other than the ones we write. I feel like I know how to write a catchy riff and make a nice color palette for Kelsey and the band to paint with. I write almost everything on a baritone ukulele. I love playing piano but I’m amateur at best. I hate the bongos and I don’t like the sound of flutes.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career. 

It is definitely a challenge, especially on the road. You really have to find ways to occupy your time. Everyone has a different strategy. I like to get out and walk around towns we are in and explore the thrift stores and the coffee shops.

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Tell us your experience as a musician. 

It’s the greatest life of all in my opinion. I feel incredibly lucky to do it as a profession. I get to see the world and play music with my best friends every night. I get to meet interesting and weird people every day. It’s definitely an unconventional path. I see all my high school and college friends getting married and buying houses and I don’t have that luxury yet. Not saying one way is better than the other, they both have their pros and cons but for where I am right now in life, I couldn’t be happier.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Prince, Janis Joplin, Andy Kaufman, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Bob Barker.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far. 

Oprah.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

It’s a two part process: write new records then tour those records. Repeat. We want to consistently evolve as musicians and grow. Find new ways to make it interesting for us.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs. 

It’s the easiest way to express feelings and thoughts. It’s a journal that comes to life. You can say whatever you like without having to say anything at all. It’s therapeutic.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future. 

We’re gotten to work with an extraordinary list of people. This last record alone; we worked with Scott McMicken from Dr Dog, Chris Walla formally of Death Cab, Christoper Boosheda from Shakey Graves, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma. Personally speaking, one day I’d like to work with Alexander Greenwald.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

I think it’s pivotal in terms of enjoyment.

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Tell us the reason you are into music. 

It brings people together. Family and strangers.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music. 

wildchildsounds.com

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 

Need a little bit of both to make the tastiest stew.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 

It was the last day of tracking with Walla and we were in Tromso, Norway. We had been in the studio for a few weeks and were desperately trying to see the Northern lights. Tromso is one of the best viewing places for the northern lights in the world. Due to weather conditions we hadn’t gotten to see them and were told that we probably wouldn’t with the current snow storm happening. We took a break from tracking and all went outside and looked up and there they were. Moving across the sky, twisting and turning in gorgeous green and blue streaks. It was magical. I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was. Across the world recording an album with my friends starring up at the skies.

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Tell us how you write and record your songs. 

Think of a riff, write lyrics to it, rehearse with band, change it 1000 times, go into studio, change it 500 more times and then record it.

MICHAEL O.

Tell us how you come about the song. 

I wrote “Follow Me” with Dave Wonder, and the track was produced by Demsa. Writing the song was a fun process, and came really naturally. We were just having fun writing it.

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.

I’m a normal dude that loves and breathes music.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

I love to sing, write and perform. I am learning the guitar now. I also love writing poetry.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career. 

It is rough, I am glad, I took time to go college, perform in many places, for example NBC the Sing off, Oprah Cruise Ship and other prestigious places. Now, I am learning you have to hustle and really stand for your music. So I just try to be present and work hard.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’m really blessed to pick a career that I am so passionate about. Being a musician is not just a career, it is my life.  I’m learning about myself in ways I never thought I would. So it’s hard at times, but I really like the journey.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 

Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Sam Cooke, Fela Kuti, MJ.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far. 

We’ve gotten great coverage so far from African Muzak Magazine, Fresh Committee, NYT, Billboard, etc.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

My goals are to keep making great music, use music to communicate across barriers like languages, cultures, sexism and color. I plan to travel, perform and create joy and change.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs. 

Love life, sadness, things happening around me and also making people happy and feeling more connected.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future. 

Artists I’d want to work with are people like Drake, Rihanna, Wizkid, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Kanye, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla Sign, etc.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music. 

Music allows you to bare your nakedness, take risk, define who you are, your happiness.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

I’m into music because it’s the most natural thing I do.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music. 

Instagram

michaelomusic

FB

facebook.com/michaelomusic

Twtter

twitter.com/michaelomusic

B.B. interacts with everything.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

It hasn’t happened yet.

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Tell us your genre of music. 

Fusion of R&B, Soul and Afrobeats. I’m not going to limit myself.

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Tell us how you write and record your songs. 

Sometimes I will start writing words; sometimes I have a melody in my head. It depends.

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Tell us what you will do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

Giving back, I started a Foundation “Mugadi Foundation” at the age of fourteen years old to support AIDS Orphans in global south.

Young people who have worked have fun with life, make more music. But you can do that in any form of your life; don’t have to be in a position of power.

Scruffy Pearls

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

Scruffy Pearls is an NYC based band consisting of 6 members. Carly Brooke (vocals), RJ Gatsby (keys), Adam Abresch (trumpet) are from Long Island, Billy Pearson (e.guitar) is from Hudson Valley, NY; Renee Hikari (drums) from Queens, and Parker McAllister (bass) from Brooklyn.

Carly and Bob are high school sweethearts and have been together for 13 years. Carly and Renee met playing in another band, and when one of their gigs was canceled at the last minute, the girls decided to go over to Carly and Bob’s apartment to jam. After hearing a few of the couple’s original tunes, Renee fell in love with the songs and invited her boyfriend Billy to jam as well. In a small living room in Astoria Queens, the band was born. For a year, Scruffy Pearls played shows with just the 4 members, and later on, added Adam and Parker to complete the Scruffy family.

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

The name Scruffy Pearls refers to how “scruffy” the boys are and how “pearly” the girls are, but also, Carly’s last name is Pearlstein so we wanted to incorporate Pearls in someway. We’ve been actively playing shows in NYC for almost 3 years. This past summer, we opened for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and toured all over Colorado. We have our self-titled EP, “Scruffy Pearls” on Spotify, Itunes, Pandora Radio, etc., and we’re currently working on recording some new songs!

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

We call our genre Soul-Rock. Each of us come from very different musical backgrounds, but what ties us together is that we all love a good groove and catchy hooks. We want to make people sway, smile and dance when we play. “Good Things” was born out of a cool riff Bob started to play, and we all just jammed on it and started building parts. Carly came up with uplifting lyrics that related to her ups and downs as a TV/Film actress, which ended up being relatable to just about anyone! In our music video, we are all stuck with another job, when we’d rather be playing our music. It’s pretty biographical, but the message is to never stop doing what you love, and keep going because Good Things come to those who keep believing.

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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.

To keep this short since we have a big family, I’ll give you some fun facts about each member of our band!

Carly is a TV/film actress and she studied musical theatre in college. She just worked on the new Ed Burns film “Summertime.”

Bob plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica, and he constantly feels the urge to learn any new instrument he feels will help shape the songs. His favorite songwriter is Randy Newman.

Billy is a classical guitar virtuoso but brings the rock edge to our sound. He also brings a positive outlook to every show, rehearsal and idea.

Renee keeps the whole band on track. Literally! She comes up with strong grooves for every song inspired by her vast music history knowledge.

Parker gets flown all over the world to play gigs. He is extremely tasteful in his choices and has a production mindset when it comes to creating his parts.

Adam comes up with killer trumpet lines for our songs. He sees tons of live music and always comes to rehearsals with music we should check out for inspiration.

“Good Things” was produced by Cass Dillon, and we worked with a great crew from Hand Me Down Films for the music video- directed by Zach Griffen, and cinematography by Scott Jeschke.

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

We all definitely have our different inspirations but some of our current songs have been inspired by what happens in our life, the ups and downs, and our relationships. Sometimes we’re inspired by the places we visit, or even a movie or a fictional world.

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

We look forward to growing our Scruffy Fam with our fans. We are currently recording some new songs and we’re hoping to release some of them by next Spring/Summer so stay tuned! In the meantime, the dancefloor is always open to our friends for our shows, so make sure you track us by putting in your email at http://www.bandsintown.com/ScruffyPearls

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

This summer, we toured all over Colorado and had the chance to open for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. They are such a great band and everyone in that band was so nice. We fell in love with Colorado and the people there- hope to go back soon!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

From each of us, we named one artist each:  Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Led Zepplin, Prince, and Fleetwood Mac.

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

www.scruffypearls.com

https://www.facebook.com/scruffypearls/

https://www.instagram.com/scruffypearls/

https://twitter.com/scruffypearls

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

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6iPR3q0fenhFLWLOtxERyN

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/scruffy-pearls/1158314201

https://www.amazon.com/Scruffy-Pearls/dp/B01M320K5N

Alexander Padei

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Alexander Padei (you can call me “Padei”). I’m half black and half Caucasian, a lifelong musician and, more recently, an entrepreneur and Harvard graduate. I live to get up and engage with music, whether I’m listening or making something, myself. Since graduation, I’ve been working to bring music education to college students in Boston and push forward a music career of my own!

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

I’m a producer, songwriter, singer and rapper. I’m influenced by a really wide variety of sources, but I’m deeply interested in the power of music to bring people together and make people dance. Every genre from conscious hip-hop to unruly EDM bangers has the power to do this in their own way, so I have an unusually wide range of sounds. Luckily, I produce myself so I get the first and last word on where my sound goes!

Music moves my soul in a way that other forms of communication often can’t. I often say that people who go into music do so because they HAVE to. They couldn’t live a satisfying life without music. I’m one of those people, for sure.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

Right now, it’s roughly R&B/Hip-hop. I’m heavily influenced by Dancehall, Reggaeton, Funk, Gospel, Trap, Future R&B and even EDM, at times.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

I was thinking about how important guy time is for me… but also how masculinity can pressure us guys to trade guy stories that show how cool we are because girls are attracted to us, etc. I had a moment with one friend where I was just like, “No, you know what? I could talk surface level about flirting with this cute girl or I could be honest and admit that I’m actually really into her, maybe more than I expected.”

I think there’s a lot of tension in a moment like that. I think it’s worth talking about because vulnerability is such a critical aspect of being a happy person. Being able to share my real feelings and dreams with my boys is huge for me. So I wrote this song!

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician. 

Honestly, it’s all about the work and becoming fluent in the process of song-making. I just held a Q/A with Laidback Luke and he said to these students in the audience: “How long does it take for you to finish a song?” The fastest time in the audience was 3 weeks. He then informed us that he can generally finish a song in 4 hours.

I’m trying to organize those skills, right now, from songwriting, singing and rapping to production and mastering. I want to be fluent enough to efficiently crank out multiple bangers per week, especially since I have limited time with other projects on my plate. Long story short, I’m trying to get in my 10,000 hours because I know that all the other things (finding my sound, marketing decisions, etc.) will follow naturally. Also, we live in a world where people get bored if you don’t put something out every 2 weeks!

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 

This was produced and recorded, front to back, by me in my basement. I used a $150 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic, a basic Focusrite Audio Interface and Ableton 9 Live.

As far as sound proofing is concerned, I used mattresses, blankets, carpets and furniture to lower room reflections. Then I sang really close to the mic to get the most localized sound possible! This is an important part of my story for me. I want to make music on a low budget to show other musicians that they can achieve a professional sound without relying on a studio or a music label!

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far. 

Not many! This is one of the first songs that has really hit the nose on quality and a really deliberate, particular style. I’ve gotten many “no”‘s up to now. Luckily, it hasn’t stopped me.

Eternity Network did support my work on my last track, “Tip Toes”! Shoutout, fam!

Anyways, thanks for being one of the first, Broadtube!

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

How about the selfish reasons, first? It makes me happy and helps me reflect on myself and my life. Writing has been huge for my development as a human being. I really do connect with the words and beats of records on a visceral level. Sometimes I write about relationships, other times I write the song I need to pull myself out of a funk. Regardless, I almost always have a deep emotional connection to the songs I make.

I also believe in the causes of entrepreneurship and musical democratization. I think that the drastically lower costs of music-making, along with self-development are really valuable paradigms to impart on others. My self-driven work in music has actually led to a lot of other great work and I think it’s ultimately made me a much more valuable professional.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Gotta stay humble here. I definitely haven’t had a hit yet. That said the best advice I’ve gotten is this; “Quality comes from quantity”. For each of the hundreds of hits Mozart penned, there were another hundred we never heard about. As a beginner, one’s goal should be to develop themselves through countless hours of writing / producing, etc. Once you’ve achieved fluency in your skill sets, continued quantity becomes about finding the true gems. So, if you wanna find hits, stop obsessing over a single project, stop pouring your entire being into it and focus more on cranking out quantity. The hit is exponentially more likely to come, that way.

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

Stop waiting. Take responsibility for your own music, marketing and business. Gone are the days where labels pick up a singer-songwriter out of a Jazz club and pour resources to turn them into an Elvis. They want to see fans, business infrastructure and a radio-quality portfolio of songs that have been released to critical success. Look at Gucci Gang. Look at Post Malone. Look at Chance. All self-starter projects.

Go read Ari Herstand’s “How To Make It in the New Music Business” as well as Donald S. Passman’s “All you need to know about the music business.” Reading the latter was the best decision Taylor Swift ever made. She cites it as a critical reason why she made it. (I’m generally not a fan of her music but she absolutely deserves all the success she’s had).

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

I spent almost 15 years playing the cello from childhood. I was part of a program called “Project STEP” and was lucky to work with some of the top musicians in the game. (Keith Lockhart, Yo-Yo Ma).

After that, I toured across the world with an a-capella group in college called The Harvard Krokodiloes. That was my first big tour experience. I also did some fun gigs with them like singing the National Anthem at a Red Sox / Yankees game.

Meanwhile, I focused on DJing and original music. I held a couple nightclub residencies in and around Boston. I also started a nightlife brand called “The List” and, separately, a private event DJing service. I basically poured that DJing money into developing my own studio over the past few years. After 3 test EPs, I’m finally at a point, now, where my stuff sounds really clear, professional and well written!

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

I’m a more fluent producer than songwriter, so I generally start with the beat. I generally approach my voice like a rhythmic instrument the way Drake, Chance, The Weeknd or any other R&B singer/rapper would do. I often find the flow before the words. If you’re in the room with me, you’ll hear me scat like Ella Fitzgerald, sometimes even record it and come back to the words a bit later.

I find myself coming up with the hook before the verse, most times, too, but there are exceptions to this rule!

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Drake, Chance, Snakehips, SZA, John Mayer.

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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 working with (or trying to work with) more local artists, at the moment. So far; Alexa Cahill, Tatiana Lyne, Michael Wingate, Señor Slice and Kyle Ray.

Gotta show some love to some local guys I hope I get to work with someday, though! BDMP, Richard Fraioli, Super Smash Broz, I’m hoping we connect musically soon! Also Chicago’s Sir The Baptist! He’s killing the game with his gospel rap thing. Producing him would be a dream.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music. 

It’s all here – http://alexanderpadei.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

I think my happiest day was getting into college, feeling like I had a bright future ahead of me. My saddest day may be when my grandfather (huge father figure) died a couple years ago.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Half would go into Ethereum/Bitcoin. A good amount would pay off my student loans. The rest would go into basically bankrolling my continued music training, marketing and networking to push my career forward!